Artist Spotlight: Wes Hempel

Sometimes-wicked appropriations from such disparate sources as neoclassical history painting and the Dutch golden age root Hempel's art in a revised history.

BY Christopher Harrity

October 08 2011 3:00 AM ET

Wes Hempel, 2011; MAGNOLIAS X560 | ADVOCATE.COM

Hempel: A take on a painting by the same name by Venezuelan painter Pedro Centeno Vallenilla (born: Barcelona 1904, died: Caracas 1988). As part of my ongoing project of reenvisioning art history from a gay perspective, I’ve replaced the nude female in the original (lying on the branch to the left) with a nude male. 

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