This monumental piece is part of Kehinde Wiley’s show “An Archaeology of Silence” at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. There is so much to say about the power of the pieces and what they are about. But I think it’s a show to be experienced, not dissected into lengthy explanations. So this sketch is just about the work’s scale and vibrancy. Watching people look at art in museums is always fascinating, and I have rarely seen people pause in front of a piece for as long as they did in front of this one.
Here are a few shots I took as I worked on it that let you peek into how it was created. (full-color version finished at home after initial line and wash at the museum)
These two quick sketches of a Koons and a Lichtenstein are at The Broad in Los Angeles. Pen and colored pencil are all it took to walk around and sketch.
What I love about seeing art in museums (besides the obvious “it’s much better in real life” bit) is that I get to look at it in two ways: as an art piece in itself and as a part of an interaction with museum goers.
Great theme, recording reactions to art. Hope that you’ll do more with it!
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Karen, if you search the keyword “museums” on this blog, you’ll see that the idea of humans interacting with art is sometimes more fascinating to me than the art itself: it’s a fascination capture in my sketches going back more than 1 years now! 🙂