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
Bronze with polished stone base
Place Manufactured: China
34 x 26 x 19 in. (86.4 x 66 x 48.3 cm)
153 lb. (69.4kg) (show scale)
Edition: AP 2/2
Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund
© Kehinde Wiley
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Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). Houdon Paul-Louis, 2011. Bronze with polished stone base, 34 x 26 x 19 in. (86.4 x 66 x 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 2012.51. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.51_threequarter_PS9.jpg)
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