1001 Black Men–#54

Kehinde Wiley, whose work I truly enjoy, likes to place his African American men in classical poses from Old Master paintings. In my own work, I prefer the poses people strike in their everyday lives–hailing a taxi, waiting for the bus, standing in line a the post office, sitting alone in a restaurant. I’ve waited in a lot of lines this summer, just like the man in this drawing, looking at nothing in particular, and wondering when it’s finally going to be my turn.


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