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RUMORS OF WAR

Selected Works

    Rumors of War is a series inspired by the history of equestrian portraiture. With heights of over nine feet, the paintings’ exaggeration of scale and high-keyed cinematic color highlight Wiley’s interest in the aestheticization of power and masculinity. The clash of centuries and societies heightens the sense that these men are riding steeds in a charged non-space outside of time, while the extraterrestrial greens and blues of the minimal landscape push the surreal aspect almost to the breaking point. The sitters for these works include people the artist meets on the street, mostly from 125th street in Harlem.

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