I admire Kehinde Wiley for a few simple reasons. He works within a history and continues to further it in a complicated way. These are really commanding paintings. And the color is just fantastic.
I always worry about whether continuing a history, or desiring a certain legitimation through historical forms only perpetuates/supports awful hegemonies. Considering Wiley’s paintings does not answer this worry, but it only makes me believe with more conviction that if you are going to work in this desire/create way you have to really mean it.