Kehinde Wiley - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips

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    • Provenance

      Deitch Projects, New York
      Sender Collection, New York (acquired from the above)
      Sotheby's, New York, June 12, 2014, lot 241
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Deitch Projects, Kehinde Wiley: Black Light, September 3 - 26, 2009 (other examples exhibited)

    • Artist Biography

      Kehinde Wiley

      Applying the language and devices of royal portraiture to unnamed archetypes of the Black American experience, Kehinde Wiley bestows the pride and prestige of history painting to groups that it has too often overlooked. Rather than depicting the European aristocracy, Wiley’s portraits d’apparats place African Americans against florid backdrops and atop rearing horses, retaining the pomp and opulence of his historical antecedents and situating Black men and women dressed in everyday clothing as the subjects of art historical aggrandization. Often the accoutrements of urban life lend themselves quite readily to historical genres of portraiture; Air Jordans and Timberland boots can be as appropriate to monarchist might as emerald and ermine. Wiley’s goal is twofold: by subverting outmoded forms of expression through the substitution of the sitter, the artist criticizes the historical neglect of adequate Black representation and glorifies undeservingly maligned representatives of modern American life, what he calls “the ability to create painting and destroy painting at once.”

      Wiley’s work has been the subject of universal acclaim. His work can be found in the collections of major institutions across the world, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. Wiley was also selected in 2017 to paint the official portrait of President Barack Obama, the first Black artist to be given such an honor. Recently, Wiley founded Black Rock, an artist residency in Dakar, Senegal, bringing an important artistic resource to the African continent.

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Two works: (i) After El Greco's (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) The Annunciation; (ii) After George Romney's Elizabeth Warren as Hebe

each signed, numbered and dated "Kehinde Wiley 09 1/6" on the reverse
chromogenic print
each image 30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
each sheet 34 x 26 3/4 in. (86.4 x 67.9 cm)

Executed in 2009, each of these works is number 1 from an edition of 6 plus 1 artist's proof.

Full Cataloguing

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $47,880

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York 8 December 2020