Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley (start by looking at the series: Rumors of War)

Q: Define Intertextuality.
The relationship between texts, especially literary ones.
Intertextuality is the shaping of a text’s meaning by another text. Intertextual figures include: allusion, quotation, calque, plagiarism, translation, pastiche and parody. An example of intertextuality is an author’s borrowing and transformation of a prior text or to a reader’s referencing of one text in reading another.
French intertextualité, from inter- + textuel textual + -ité -ity
First Known Use: 1975

Q: In the following case, could you name the original reference in these images (pick 3), and describe how the original text influences (content wise) the new image.
Napolean Crossing the Alps
The Count-Duke of Olivares
Colonel Platoff on His Charge by James Ward

Colonel_Platoff_on_his_Charger colonel-platoff-on-his-charger-james-ward Count-Duke of Olivares Equestrian_Portrait_of_the_Count-Duke_Olivare Napoleon Napoleon_Leading_the_Army_Over_the_Alps
I admit I had to look up the originals. Kehinde Wiley recreates old masterpieces while replacing young black men instead of using the white powerful leaders. He mixes history and modern hip hop creating a bridge thru time. These men are depicted in a hero’s position and portraying black men of power, great influence and great leaders.
Whereas, in today’s world, speaking stereotypically the same young black men are viewed as thugs, treats and criminals. Kehinde painted the men wearing modern day clothing.
I think that Kehinde is trying to show people that there are black men out there that would make great leaders and have a lot of influence. He seems to be attempting to break the stereotypes for young black men.


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