Kehinde Wiley is often viewed as the modern-day descendant of European portraitists such
as Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Titian, and Ingres. Using a vernacular compiled
from Western and European art-historical references, Wiley recasts eighteenth-and nineteenth-
century symbols of heroism, power, and wealth in his representation of young, urban black men.
By deconstructing the history of portraiture, Wiley interrogates the notions of race, privilege,