Kehinde Wiley at the National Gallery Christine Riding, Sarah Thomas, Zoe Whitley, Kehinde Wiley

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
10 Dec 2021
ISBN:
9781857096774
Imprint:
National Gallery London
Dimensions:
120 pages: 279 x 238mm
Illustrations:
65 color illus.

Presenting new work by American artist Kehinde Wiley, as he explores the European landscape tradition through film and painting

The American artist Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977) is best known for his spectacular portraits of African Americans with knowing references to the grand European tradition of painting. He was commissioned in 2017 to paint Barack Obama, becoming the first Black artist to paint an official portrait of a president of the United States. His work makes reference to old master paintings by positioning contemporary Black sitters in the pose of the original historical figures, raising issues of power and identity, and the absence or relegation of Black and minority-ethnic figures within European art.
 
For his first collaboration with a major UK gallery, Wiley will depart from portraiture to explore the European landscape tradition through the medium of film and painting, casting Black Londoners from the streets of Soho. His new works will explore European Romanticism and its focus on epic scenes of oceans and mountains, drawing inspiration from the National Gallery’s masterpieces in landscape and seascape.

Christine Riding is the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of British Paintings at the National Gallery, London. 

The National Gallery, London
(December 10, 2021–April 18, 2022)