Looking Like a Person: Portraits after Coloniality - Virtual Conference

Blue Boy
Oct. 2, 2021

This symposium interrogates the issues raised by contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley's new painting Portrait of a Young Gentleman, which responds to Thomas Gainsborough's grand manner masterpiece The Blue Boy. Between these two paintings, separated by 250 years, lies a colonial history that has managed representation across a field of visuality, nominating certain figures for human status and others for something less or more. What does it take, in a Euro-American art tradition, to look like a person? And what might come after coloniality in art?


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