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    The dark side of the landscape: Kehinde Wiley and the Black Sublime

    Thomas, Sarah (2021) The dark side of the landscape: Kehinde Wiley and the Black Sublime. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) Kehinde Wiley at the National Gallery: The Prelude. London, UK: National Gallery Company Ltd, pp. 65-77. ISBN 9781857096774.

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    Book synopsis: The American artist Kehinde Wiley (b.1977) is best known for his spectacular portraits that position people of colour in the traditional settings of old master paintings, raising questions about power, privilege and identity, and highlighting the absence or marginalisation of Black figures within European art. In 2017 he was commissioned to paint Barack Obama, becoming the first Black artist to create an official portrait of a President of the United States. In this new collaboration with the National Gallery, London, Wiley departs from portraiture to explore the artistic conventions and canons of the Western landscape tradition - mountainous, coastal, sublime and transcendental - through film and painting. In the process he touches upon contemporary issues such as climate change and migration, making particular reference to the Romantic wanderer figure in search of spirituality or self-discovery. This book presents his new works, exploring the themes of European Romanticism and its focus on epic scenes of oceans and mountains, alongside a selection of the National Gallery's masterpieces.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centres and Institutes: Museum Cultures, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Thomas
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 13:42
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 13:42


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