The first time I saw Kehinde Wiley’s work was, hmmm, I can’t remember. All I can remember is that his urban spin on famous masterpieces was dope.
The second time I saw Kehinde Wiley’s work, I was standing still in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum, stuck. Awestruck, uh hem, artstruck. Napoleon Crossing the Alps depicted with a brother from Harlem with a bandana and Tims…oh yes, I like, I like. At seeing this piece, I said to myself, “Self, isn’t that the work of the dude that painted guys from around the block, holding flowers, and paisley print as the background.” A Google search verified for me that Kehinde was indeed that dude.
How do you dig this Wiley’s Equestrian Portrait of King Phillip II piece?