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Kehinde Wiley

Contemporary Art

On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Though Kehinde Wiley is best known for his painted portraits, here he shifts from painting to sculpture. In both the lift and turn of the young man’s head and the open V of his zippered collar, this bronze refers to an eighteenth-century marble bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon (see illustration).

Yet in many other ways, Wiley’s work could hardly be more different: in substituting male for female, black for white, and present for past, he upends the earlier sculpture even as he quotes it. His radical reinterpretation encourages us to examine the stereotypes that can be found in portraiture.

—Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
MEDIUM Bronze with polished stone base
  • Place Manufactured: China
  • DATES 2011
    DIMENSIONS 34 x 26 x 19 in. (86.4 x 66 x 48.3 cm) 153 lb. (69.4kg)
    COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.51
    EDITION Edition: AP 2/2
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund
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