Artist Kehinde Wiley on What We Can Do with Offensive Art

In the shadow of his massive Times Square addition, Kehinde Wiley shared his thoughts on Confederate monuments, if he’s become more political, and where he goes from here.

  • Published 2 October 2019
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NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation debates what to do with civic statues that glorify slavery and white supremacy, one artist has a solution. Kehinde Wiley wants more art. Wiley, who was tapped to paint Barack Obama for the National Portrait Gallery, thinks monuments to Confederate figures need to be placed in their social context, not torn down. The artist was in Times Square last week to offer his latest corrective, unveiling a massive…

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