Exhibitions: Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley Paintings

Masculine Identities
The flattened surfaces of Kehinde Wiley’s paintings not only create voids from which the subjects emerge, but also invite viewers to look deeper. Indeed, on closer inspection, the elaborate background designs are revealed to be images of swimming sperm. Wiley thus alludes simultaneously to the supposed hypermasculinity of black men and to the assertive identities of his subjects.

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