Kehinde Wiley's Saint of Abandoned People at auction for AIDS Monument

"Saint Germaine of Pibrac" (2009) by Kehinde Wiley. Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper (30 x 24 in)
Saint Germaine Cousin is the Saint of abandoned people. She was born in the village of Pibrac in France in 1579. "She was gifted with a marvellous sense of the presence of God and of spiritual things," says the Catholic Encyclopdia, "so that her lonely life became to her a source of light and blessing." In 2009, Kehinde Wiley decontextualized her story in the form of a Black male, and this week it one of the works at auction to support the creation of The AIDS Monument in the City of West Hollywood. The online auction ends Oct 2 at 1:00am. [Bid]

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