Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
“The Anger of Achilles” (also known as the “Sacrifice of Iphigenie”) (1819)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
It’s a great traveling exhibition. The art is very unique; taking old, classical art pieces and putting his own culture and spin on the idea. Each one of the art pieces(except for Michael Jackson) was anonymous. Each model was picked randomly off the streets of Harlem. What they wore, what classical art piece they were posing as, and what expression was on their face. Wiley later went to Brazil and did the same thing.
The middle piece of Michael Jackson has a story behind it. Jackson saw his work and called him to see if he can be in one of them. At first Wiley thought it was a prank call and hung up. After the whole mix up was fixed, he started work. Sadly, Jackson passed away before Wiley completed it.
“In this beautifully paced show, hung by the Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, Davis’s earlier phases prove most absorbing. They detail stages of a personal ambition in step with large ideals.” — The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl on Stuart Davis: In Full Swing