Check out


Artist Of Barry Portrait Known For Paintings Of Gay Men In Power (2010 Blog)

“Sexuality and Race” The Art of Kehinde Wiley

Today we will take a look at the work of world renowned figurative artist, Kehinde Wiley. I’ve written blogs in the past about his work, but this one will examine Wiley in a context, I feel is neglected from most other write ups.
Kehinde Wiley has become famous from remixing classical works into contemporary images, where black males replace the former subjects (usually a non black king, queen, etc). The only time I think he broke from this tradition was in his exhibition “World Stage” in which he used the classic compositions of iconic art from whatever country he was visiting at the moment.

His paintings are huge, usually in excess of 10 ft in height and length; they follow the tradition of history painting (historically only paintings of this size where created to describe historical or biblical accounts). In the art world this seems to be the thing that has attracted buyers and art enthusiast alike. Wiley puts contemporary urban black men in positions of power and in history. His works are grand, but they are not simple. People love to focus on just the “race card”.

In the majority of the critiques of his work, nowhere is it discussed the blatant sexual and homoerotic overtones of Wiley’s images. Looking at this work in books or on the internet is one thing, but in person, it’s so obvious!
A lot of art writers live on their own planet and see everything in terms art theory, historical comparison & analysis, in the tradition of other works. Seldom have I read about someone looking at his art in terms of contemporary pop culture (or those of you who are bigots and look down on homosexuality, “not so popular culture).

Let’s be frank. These men are gay! Their poses are feminine. They have arched eye brows and shinny lips. These are “homothugs”, a term used to describe males, usually minorities, who adopt hip hop culture, style of dress, music etc. as a more idealized form of masculinity, to counter other stereotypes on gay culture.

Kehinde Wiley’s work is amazing! No doubt! Who cares if the figures are gay men? Not me. Well apparently Wiley does. He makes it clear without an ounce of subtlety.
Look at his work:
Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps ”Oil on Canvas
9 ft x 9ft

compared to the original

Jacques Louis-David
BonAparte Crossing the Alps
102 1/3 inches x 87 inches

To the naked eye this simply a reimaging of David’s image with a black man. The main difference is the main character and the decorative wall paper background. What isn’t as obvious are the dozens of little sperm cells that float around the canvas helping to make up the decorative almost Rococo-esque background.

The frame itself was made especially for the canvas, or was purchased from the strangest frame shop ever! At each corner of the frame is an egg like orb with sperm cells crawling on the them.

Directly at the top of the frame in the center is a carved human head with a hat like form on top of it in the shape of a penis. On each side of the head are these 2 worm like carved forms that also look like… let’s just say they too have very phallic qualities about them.

Now am I reading too much into this? Nope! That guy is gay, that’s sperm, and those are definitely dicks! I mean but hey! Who doesn’t like the occasional dick thrown into their fine art?

So why write a blog to point out these things? Well, because no one else did. The art world looks at these images as extremely strong statements of race and identity. The thing is they choose to look with limited vision. Kehinde Wiley not only creates monumental paintings of black men in power, but he also creates monumental paintings of gay men in power, and they are fabulous!

Views: 79

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Forehead Close-up:




Latest Activity

Boris Badenov favorited Burbia's video
3 minutes ago
Boris Badenov's photo was featured
4 minutes ago
Central Scrutinizer's photo was featured
29 minutes ago
Exposure favorited Bert's blog post Peter Strzok's "insurance policy" is his wife, SEC Director Melissa Hodgman, who has blocked the FBI's probe of the Clinton Foundation for 21 months and counting
37 minutes ago
Boris Badenov favorited Central Scrutinizer's video
38 minutes ago
Diana commented on Boris Badenov's page Roseanne Explodes On Valerie Jarrett: ‘I Thought The Bitch Was White!’
"I still don't see how her statement was racist - Muslim isn't a race and an ape isn't a race. but this is okay Liberals can compare the POTUS to an ape, but nobody can insult BO's handler or any other liberal."
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer posted blog posts
1 hour ago
evilbughead and Boris Badenov are now friends
1 hour ago
Diana favorited Boris Badenov's page Roseanne Explodes On Valerie Jarrett: ‘I Thought The Bitch Was White!’
1 hour ago
Boris Badenov favorited James Power's photo
1 hour ago
richard terrence commented on Phyllis Maka's blog post RUSSIA UPPED THE ANTE
"well, well,"
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for Andrea Sanzo
"-----=Welcome Andrea!!=-----"
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for Western Gentleman
"-=Welcome Western Gent!=-"
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer left a comment for David Field
"----=Welcome David !!=----"
1 hour ago
richard terrence commented on Boris Badenov's page Black Conservative Activist Stands With Judge Jeanine In Viral Video — ‘No Group In America More Bigoted Than Leftists’
"very well said, CJ Pearson. thank you."
2 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer commented on James Power's photo

NSA Hands ALL Raw Spying data to Israel of U.S. citizens.

"Best Gawtdang meme since 1978 ...w00t!!!"
2 hours ago
richard terrence commented on Less Prone's blog post German Refugee Worker Admits She Was Wrong, Plans to Move to Poland
"it is sad for the Germans..scammed by Merkel, Soros and the Khazarian mafia. They need to rise up and do some real damage to the KM's (Khazarian Mafia's plans for the death of Germans and their culture. It is sad to me because my family…"
2 hours ago
Profile IconAndrea Sanzo, Western Gentleman and David Field joined 12160 Social Network
2 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer commented on Bert's video

Why Are So Many Politicians & Celebrities Turning Up With Black Eyes?

"Ok I'll play this silly game?? ......ummmmmmmm, I'll say. "Because they don't know when to STFU???" Did I win???"
2 hours ago
Profile Icon via Twitter
RT @OrinKerr: Carter Page FISA docs posted here, 412 pages, partly redacted.
Twitter2 hours ago · Reply · Retweet

Please remember this website is supported by your donations...

© 2018   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 2007-2015 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted