Something Changing in These Winds': Kehinde Wiley's 'Rumors of War' Unveiled in Richmond

By Colleen Curran

Nearly a century after the last Confederate statue was erected on Monument Avenue, a crowd massed Tuesday beneath gray skies and drizzle at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley's response: a muscular, triumphant African American astride a horse, looking defiantly toward the sky. "Rumors of War" is modeled after the monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue, which Wiley saw when he was visiting Richmond three years ago for his career retrospective, "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic," at VMFA. Wiley's version depicts an African American wearing ripped jeans and Nike high-top sneakers. [More] [More]
Kehinde Wiley waves to the crowd after the unveiling ceremony for his statue "Rumors of War" at the VMFA Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Kehinde Wiley's statue "Rumors of War" faces Arthur Ashe Blvd. after it was unveiled at the VMFA Tuesday, December 10, 2019.