Week 4

Q: Define Intertextuality.

“Intertexuality” is defined as the interrelationship between texts, particularly works of literature; the way that similar or related texts influence, reflect, or differ from each other.

Q: In the following case, could you name the original reference in these images (pick 3), and describe how the original text influences (content wise) the new image.

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Kehinde Wiley reconstructs old masterpieces while replacing young African American men instead of using the white powerful leaders. All of these images show intertextuality between modern times/ pop culture, and old baroque period works of art. The artist is getting rid of the usual white men, who are in power and replacing them with black men. By doing this, he makes the painting look like an imitation and that’s exactly what he wanted to do. In the new art work- reconstructed, these men are portrayed in a hero’s position, and they are portraying black men of power, great influence and great leaders. However, in today’s society, the same young black men stereotypically are viewed as criminals. Kehinde painted the men wearing modern day clothing. In my opinion, the artist is trying to prove that there are black men who would or could be great leaders and have a lot of influence on our society. Wiley is trying to break the stereotypes for black men.

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