Black Light

Black Light

Author: Kehinde Wiley

Number Of Pages: 56

Publisher: powerHouse Books

Release Date: 05-05-2009

Details: Kehinde Wiley painted President Obama's official portrait and this is an early book from him documenting his extraordinary talents.

“For most of Kehinde Wiley’s very successful career, he has created large, vibrant, highly patterned paintings of young African American men wearing the latest in hip hop street fashion. The theatrical poses and objects in the portraits are based on well-known images of powerful figures drawn from seventeenth- through nineteenth-century Western art. Pictorially, Wiley gives the authority of those historical sitters to his twenty-first-century subjects.”
—National Portrait Gallery 

“My intention is to craft a world picture that isn’t involved in political correctives or visions of utopia. It’s more of a perpetual play with the language of desire and power.”
—Kehinde Wiley

“Wiley inserts black males into a painting tradition that has typically omitted them or relegated them to peripheral positions. At the same time, he critiques contemporary portrayals of black masculinity itself…. He systematically takes a ‘pedestrian’ encounter with African-American men, elevates it to heroic scale, and reveals—through subtle formal alterations—that postures of power can sometimes be seen as just that, a pose.”
—Art in America

Los Angeles native and New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists—including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, and others—Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, wealth, prestige, and history to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, Wiley makes his subjects and their stylistic references juxtaposed inversions of each other, imbuing his images with ambigu

EAN: 9781576874868

Package Dimensions: 15.1 x 12.2 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English

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