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Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Science

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Science

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Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence presents a new collection of paintings and sculptures that confront the lasting impacts of colonialism, using the fallen figure as a visual language. Inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger's The Dead Christ in the Tomb, Wiley's exploration of death and sacrifice in Western art expands to include global victims of state-sanctioned violence. The haunting and powerful paintings of Black bodies, referencing iconic historical works, serve as a solemn elegy to those who have been silenced and ignored. Through the lens of European art history, Wiley sheds light on the violence against Black and brown bodies around the world.
  • Published to accompany the exhibition, The Archaeology of Silence, at the Venice Biennale 2022
  • The exhibition was also shown at San Francisco's de Young Museum in 2023

Product Details

  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 192 pages, with 130 illustrations
  • Published in 2023
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.0 × 9.5 × 1.0 inches  (25.4 × 24.1 × 2.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 lb (35.2 oz; 998 g)
  • SKU010009266 | 9781636810980

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About Claudia Schmuckli

Claudia Schmuckli is the curator in charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

About the Artist, Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) is a world-renowned visual artist. Working in the mediums of painting, sculpture and video, Wiley is best known for his vibrant portrayals of contemporary African American and African-diasporic individuals that subvert the hierarchies and conventions of European and American portraiture. Wiley became the first African American artist to paint an official US Presidential portrait for former US President Barack Obama. Wiley has held solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, and his works are included in the collections of over 40 public institutions worldwide. He lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York.
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