Kehinde Wiley at the National Gallery


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Christine Riding; With contributions by Sarah Thomas, Zoé Whitley and Kehinde Wiley

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Presenting new work by American artist Kehinde Wiley, as he explores the European landscape tradition through film and painting

The American artist Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977) is best known for his spectacular portraits of African Americans with knowing references to the grand European tradition of painting. He was commissioned in 2017 to paint Barack Obama, becoming the first Black artist to paint an official portrait of a president of the United States. His work makes reference to old master paintings by positioning contemporary Black sitters in the pose of the original historical figures, raising issues of power and identity, and the absence or relegation of Black and minority-ethnic figures within European art.
For his first collaboration with a major UK gallery, Wiley will depart from portraiture to explore the European landscape tradition through the medium of film and painting, casting Black Londoners from the streets of Soho. His new works will explore European Romanticism and its focus on epic scenes of oceans and mountains, drawing inspiration from the National Gallery’s masterpieces in landscape and seascape.

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Exhibition Schedule:

The National Gallery, London
(December 10, 2021–April 18, 2022)

Christine Riding is the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of British Paintings at the National Gallery, London. 


The National Gallery, London
(December 10, 2021–April 18, 2022)

ISBN: 9781857096774
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
112 pages, 9 3/8 x 11
79 color illus.
The Lure of the East

British Orientalist Painting

Edited by Nicholas Tromans; With contributions by Rana Kabb

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Spreading Canvas

Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting

Edited by Eleanor Hughes; With contributions by Eleanor Hug

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Witnessing Slavery

Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition

Sarah Thomas

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Gainsborough's Blue Boy

Christine Riding, with contributions by Susanna Avery-Quash

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Winslow Homer

Force of Nature

Christopher Riopelle, Christine Riding, and Chiara Di Stefa

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Turner on Tour

Christine Riding, Thomas Ardill, and Aimee Ng

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