description of Wedding Portrait by Njideka Akunyili Crosby

This collage, which measures five-and-a-quarter feet tall and four-and-a-half feet wide, features a young black woman in a traditional Nigerian dress, kneeling before a seated white man as a crowd gathers around. The woman kneels on our right, facing away from us to the left, as she hands the seated white man a full glass. The face of the white man is obscured by an onlooker who fills the entire left edge of the canvas. She wears a long, printed dress that features a formal portrait of a woman in pearls and a headscarf. The seated man’s black sneakers, blue jeans and teal t-shirt are unadorned and have been rendered in acrylic paint and pastel, whereas the kneeling woman’s dress is heavily patterned, features bold oranges and golds, and is made of custom fabrics adorned with formal portraits of the same young black woman and white man. In the background, the other onlookers have been rendered with a collage of translucent photo transfers, which appear to be family photos, magazine images, and album art. This collage, which measures five-and-a-quarter feet tall and four-and-a-half feet wide, features a young black woman in a traditional Nigerian dress, kneeling before a seated white man as a crowd gathers around. The woman kneels on our right, facing away from us to the left, as she hands the seated white man a full glass. The face of the white man is obscured by an onlooker who fills the entire left edge of the canvas. She wears a long, printed dress that features a formal portrait of a woman in pearls and a headscarf. The seated man’s black sneakers, blue jeans and teal t-shirt are unadorned and have been rendered in acrylic paint and pastel, whereas the kneeling woman’s dress is heavily patterned, features bold oranges and golds, and is made of custom fabrics adorned with formal portraits of a [the same] young black woman and white man. In the background, the other onlookers have been rendered with a collage of translucent photo transfers, which appear to be family photos, magazine images, and album art.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Wedding Portrait, 2012
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Wedding Portrait, 2012; acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil, marble dust, transfers, and custom fabric on paper, 63 in. x 54 in. (160.02 cm x 137.16 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase through a gift of Pamela Joyner in honor of Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture; © Njideka Akunyili

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Wedding Portrait
Artist name
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Date created
2012
Classification
collage
Medium
acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil, marble dust, transfers, and custom fabric on paper
Dimensions
63 in. x 54 in. (160.02 cm x 137.16 cm)
Date acquired
2013
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Pamela Joyner in honor of Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture
Copyright
© Njideka Akunyili
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2013.9
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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