Artist Kehinde Wiley’s first public sculpture and largest work to date will be unveiled in Times Square on September 27. Rumors of War is Wiley’s direct contribution to the critical, national dialogue on Confederate monuments, and continues his career-long investigation of the politics of representation, race, gender, and power.
This abstract portrait uses manipulated footage of Times Square’s spectacular electronic billboards, looping back onto the displays from which it was generated.
A cheering crowd seems to revel in a carnivalesque Times Square — a continuous spectacle of entertainment, consumption, and nationalism.
As the camera travels down a subway platform in New York City, time appears to have slowed almost to a halt, memorializing commuters in the moment of the train’s arrival.
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