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Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivares by Kehinde Wiley

Took a trip to TAM recently where I beheld such works as Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivares by Kehinde Wiley. He’s featured in the 30 Americans exhibition of African American artists in the contemporary art scene. He says he’s in love with the works of the old masters, having poured over them in books as a kid. His process?

He stops a guy walking along the street,

asks them to come in,

to look through his art history books,

to select their favorite painting.

There’s a photo shoot to reenact the selected work

allowing the model to say


“This is the way that I want to be seen.”

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