DOWN | The Skate Set



This limited edition skate deck set features paintings from Wiley's 2008 series DOWN, first exhibited at Deitch Projects. This series was inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger's The Dead Christ in the Tomb as well as historical paintings and sculptures of fallen warriors and figures in the state of repose. Wiley created an unsettling series of prone Black bodies, re-conceptualizing classical pictorial forms to create a contemporary version of monumental portraiture, resounding with violence, pain, and death, as well as ecstasy. With DOWN being a prime inspiration, over a decade later in 2022, Kehinde Wiley exhibited his series An Archeology of Silence at Foundazione Giorgio Cini as a collateral event of the 59th international art exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition has since traveled to de Young Legion of Honor / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is currently showing at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

From left to right:
Sleep, 2008
Morpheus, 2008
Femme Piquée Par Un Serpent, 2008
Christian Martyr Tarcisius, 2008

-Cotton dust bag included in every order
-Hand-numbered, editions of 400 (Only 50 sets available)
-100% sustainably sourced hard rock maple
- 8"W x 31.875 L

Designed in New York City. Made in Oceanside. 

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

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