Earl of Rochester Basketball & Stand

$275
Designer: Kehinde Wiley Studio 
Dimensions: NBA Size 7 (29.5" circumference)
Weight: 22 oz
Details: Leather basketball in monogrammed cotton dust bag

This open edition 2023 leather basketball features Kehinde Wiley’s 2013 painting John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester from the artist's series The World Stage: Jamaica. First exhibited at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, Wiley, using his notorious street casting method, places contemporary Jamaican natives in heroic poses that reference directly from 17th and 18th century British portraiture and feature background patterns inspired by British textiles. The body of works offers a corrective to the omission of the black figure from art history and specifically comments on the nature of the relationship between the United Kingdom and its former colonial holding. Wiley’s exhibition The World Stage: Jamaica is part of a broader project titled The World Stage, which presents portraits of black and brown men and women the artist met in China, Brazil, Nigeria, Haiti, Israel, and India. 

  • Regulation size, premium leather basketball
  • Oiled pine basketball plinth with laser cut Kehinde Wiley signature
  • Ships deflated, pump required
  • Includes monogrammed cotton dust bag and plinth

Net proceeds from your purchase support the artist in residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019.

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