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  • Provenance

    Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Denver Art Museum, Focus: The Figure, June 2009 - August 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it gives us hope.' – Kehinde Wiley

  • 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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Passing/Posing (Marriage of the Virgin)

signed, titled and dated 'passing/posing Marriage of the Virgin Kehinde Wiley 05' on the reverse
oil on canvas, in artist's frame
213.3 x 274.6 cm (83 7/8 x 108 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2005.

Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019