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INDIVIDUAL’S SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT BY KEHINDE WILEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world.

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His portraits are highly stylized and staged, and draw attention to the dialectic between a history of aristocratic representation and the portrait as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment.

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