This work ships from Brooklyn, NY, US.
Kehinde Wiley's After La Negresse, 1872, (2006), influenced by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's La Negresse, 1872, is one of Wiley's early explorations into sculpture. One of three editioned works that Wiley created in collaboration with Cereal Art, this sculpture explores themes of the sacred and the secular associated with the Renaissance and Baroque, falling within a continued analysis by the artist of mass media stereotypes about masculinity, race, power, and class in Western society.
Wiley's sculptures subvert classical tropes of the 19th century portraiture and critically address portrayals of gender and physicality as they pertain to views of black and brown bodies according to both historic and contemporary paradigms.
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) draws from a long line of canonical portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, and Ingres. Employing the same visual rhetoric used to depict white men as powerful figures in Western history, Wiley adopts it to create strong and heroic representations of African-American men and women. Highly naturalistic, these portraits garnered the attention of President Barack Obama, who commissioned Wiley to paint his official portrait, which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.