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  • Description

    In 2010, the FIFA World Cup was held across Africa and in honor of the event, Puma commissioned American artist Kehinde Wiley renowned for his compellingly heroic paintings often featuring images of young Black men. For the World Cup, Puma asked Wiley to create portraits of three African soccer stars and to collaborate on a Puma line of clothing and shoes. The theme of African unity permeated the collaboration and was reflected in his use of a range of African-inspired textile patterns. One of the creations was this limited-edition soccer cleat which pairs peacocks in full display with the robust Puma feline.

  • Provenance

    Collection PUMA Archives

  • 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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Kehinde Wiley x PUMA V1.10, 2010

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