Kehinde Wiley, the painter who produced the official Obama portrait has been in the news before the former president sat for her. She once painted a picture based on an ancient story about a widow who seduces a general and then saves her people by cutting his head off. But in Wiley’s version, the heroine is a black woman and the evil general was a white woman. The picture was controversial to say the least. The possible metaphor is that black is good and white is evil and good must kill evil to survive. I have no idea if that’s what he meant but he is into painting a lot of social justice warrior art.

From The Daily Caller

Former President Barack Obama’s portrait painter once depicted a black woman holding the cutoff head of a white woman in a reimagining of a story from the book of Judith.

Kehinde Wiley, the painter of Obama’s portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, reimagined the story of Judith beheading Holofernes from the deuterocanonical Book of Judith as a black woman beheading a white woman years ago.

“It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing.” 

The original story tells the tale of a young widow named Judith who steps forward to save her people by seducing and then cutting off the head of Holofernes, an Assyrian general. Countless artists have reimagined the tale, but usually feature a man and a woman. In Wiley’s version of events, Judith is a black woman who cuts off the head of a white woman.

Wiley often depicts black figures at the head of historical events. He says it all goes to power and who has it.


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