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Kehinde Wiley's black Napoleon returns to Brooklyn

2020-01-25T18:13:09.553Z

After raising an equestrian monument in Times Square and waiting for his portrait of former President Barack Obama to tour through the major museums of America, Kehinde Wiley brings his version of "Napoleon who leads the .. to the Brooklyn Museum. . (ANSA)



(by Alessandra Baldini) (ANSA) - NEW YORK, JAN 25 - After raising an equestrian monument in Times Square and waiting for his portrait of the ex-President Barack Obama to tour through the major museums of America, Kehinde Wiley leads to Brooklyn Museum the subversion of "Napoleon leading the army through the Alps" in dialogue with the painting of the same subject by the French painter Jacques Louis David.
"Painting is talking about the world we live in. Men live in this world. My choice is to include them. This is my way of saying 'yes' to us," proclaims the Artistanigerian-American whose latest "Rumors of War" - a cavalierenero in a heroic pose, torn jeans and rasta hair - was transferred from Times Square to Richmond in Virginia a month ago: permanently installed on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, the historic avenue named after the only black man to have won at Wimbledon, at intersection with Monument Avenue, hitherto unchallenged 'kingdom' of the generals of the Confederation. Wiley's black Bonaparte dates back to 2005 and is the first time he is exhibited in New York with his neo-classical white alter ego after the exhibition that in 2019 had seen matching paintings at Malmaison Castle in France. Seen together this weekend until 10 May, the two Napoleons offer the opportunity to explore themes such as power, race and legacy within the same format: the portrait.
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Source: ansa

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