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This skateboard deck by Kehinde Wiley is adapted from his painting
Mahmud Abu Razak
(The Worldstage: Israel),
2011. This item is available exclusively from The Jewish Museum Shops!
iley is known for vibrant, large-scale paintings of young urban men, rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses typical of classical European portait painting.
The World Stage: Israel
series is based on photographs the artist took of men of diverse religions and ethnicities living in Israel. Wiley scouted his subjects in discos, malls, bars and sporting venues in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Lod. The men in this series - Ethiopian and native-born Jews and Arab Israelis - express a modern sensibility that supersedes religious and ethnic affiliations. Distinctively, he places them against vivid, ornate backgrounds inpsired by Jewish papercuts, which is an intricate from of folk and ceremonial art.
The subject on this skateboard, Mahmud Abu Razak, is an Arab Israeli. Wiley's original painting of Razak presents a
vibrantly-colored large-scale portrait embedded in a background that scrolls onto the subject.
Made in the USA.
Please note that due to the size and shape of this item, it is unavailable for gift wrap.
Canadian hard rock maple
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