KEHINDE WILEY (b. 1977) Easter Realness No. 3, 2004

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Lot 14W
KEHINDE WILEY
(b. 1977)
Easter Realness No. 3, 2004

Sold for US$ 62,500 inc. premium

Contemporary Art

13 May 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

KEHINDE WILEY (b. 1977)
Easter Realness No. 3, 2004
signed and dated 'Kehinde Wiley '04' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas in artist's frame
82 x 82in. (208.3 x 208.3cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.
    Private Collection, Miami.

    EXHIBITED:
    Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Kehinde Wiley: Easter Realness, April-June 2004.

    "There's a type of tongue in cheek embrace of art history, but I think there's also a very sincere desire to make respectful, beautiful images. And it's an interesting tightrope to walk.

    Working with couture and art-historical traditions was also an opportunity to bring up the art object as high-priced luxury good for wealthy consumers. It's a sort of the elephant in the room that very few people talk about in relationship to their art.

    But what is it like, as an artist, to make a work of art and then later to see it in a museum or in someone's home where it's being held with white gloves and being insured, and it's no longer that object that came from a place of discovery and from searching, but it's now in the world as a commodity?

    Also, how do we come to terms with the fact that, in my work, these paintings are often of young African American men and women coming from underserved communities, people who wouldn't necessarily be able to attain the trappings of wealth to consume these works in the same way?

    There's a conundrum there that can't be resolved. Their presence is necessary to even begin having a conversation around race and gender and art history and status and the anxiety of class. But it's also something that hearkens back to some of the sort of impossibly cruel realities that exist in America and throughout the world." (Kehinde Wiley quoted in L. Sandals, "Kehinde Wiley Q&A: On Race, Representation and Reality", in Canadian Art, 18 February 2014, reproduced at http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2014/02/18/interview-with-kehinde-wiley/).
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