Sunday, May 1, 2022

Kehinde Wiley's Bronze Sculpture

Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977) is an African American artist mostly known for his painted portraits, especially the one of Barack Obama. I find the paintings interesting but I don't love them. Somehow I avoiding learning until last night that he also works in bronze, and I love these. Above is Kanye, 2015.

Houdon Paul-Louis, 2010.

Dying Gaul,
2020. Wiley often references classic works; he prefers the hip hop term "sampling." 

Here's one that's sort of a joke, A Rumor of War, set up in Times Square in 2019. The pose is the same as the statue of Jeb Stuart that stood in Richmond. But as a sculpture it's terrific.

Morpheus, 2020.
Likunt Daniel Ailin, 2013

1 comment:

David said...

These are amazing. Thank you for posting them. I love that JEB Stuart redux statue, especially the hair taking the place, I believe, of the hat plumes.