30,000 - 40,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- Kehinde Wiley
- St. Francis
- signed and dated 07 on the reverse
- oil on canvas, in artist's frame
- 208.3 by 180.3 cm. 82 by 71 in.
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007
Turin, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Somos Libres II, May - September 2014, n.p., no. 83, illustrated in colour
"Status and class and social anxiety and perhaps social code are all released when you look at paintings of powerful individuals from the past. However, there’s something to be mined and gained by looking at them in a new way. What happens when you see black bodies that have not previously been celebrated on the walls of the most important institutions in the world?... They start to read differently. It becomes a question of 'How do we code the body?'” (Kehinde Wiley, 'Kehinde Wiley on the Old Masters', Artsy Editorial, February 2013, online).