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Black Rock Senegal is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Kehinde Wiley to create a line of merchandise featuring iconic works from the artist’s archives. Available exclusively at www.kehindewileyshop.com, this line of limited edition products offers unique access to favorite Kehinde Wiley designs while raising funds to support the multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program located in Dakar, Senegal, on the Westernmost point of continental Africa.

Launched in 2020, the collection’s debut series includes a notecard set and a 100% silk scarf. Also available for sale is The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia beach towel, reissued to celebrate this inaugural campaign. 

About the program

Established in 2019, Black Rock Senegal is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. The program brings together international artists to live and work at Wiley’s coastal compound for 1-3 month residencies. Designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne, the complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with 3 single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. More information about Black Rock is available online at www.blackrocksenegal.org.

About the artist

Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977, Los Angeles) is a world-renowned visual artist, best known for his vibrant portrayals of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic individuals that subvert the hierarchies and conventions of European and American portraiture. Working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and video, Wiley’s portraits challenge and reorient art-historical narratives, awakening complex sociopolitical issues that many would prefer remain muted. In 2018 Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official U.S. Presidential portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Former U.S. President Barack Obama selected Wiley for this honor. In 2019, the artist debuted his first large-scale public sculpture in Times Square, New York, a bronze equestrian monument honoring the heroism of young black men in America. In 2020, Wiley received France’s distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Wiley has held solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally and his works are included in the collections of over 40 public institutions around the world. Wiley is the Founder and President of Black Rock Senegal. He lives and works in Beijing, Dakar, and New York. More information about the artist is available online at www.kehindewiley.com.