Kehinde Wiley’s “Rumors of War” sculpture stands partially revealed outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as Richmond Firefighter John Lukhard works to remove the drape caught on the figure’s hair during Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony. Right, artist Kehinde Wiley, 42, enthusiastically heads to the microphone to address the throngs of people awaiting the unveiling of the sculpture funded by private donations.
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Thousands turn out for the unveiling of artist Kehinde Wiley’s ‘Rumors of War,’ which many cited as a turning point from a Confederate past toward a more inclusive city
Kehinde Wiley’s monumental statue, “Rumors of War,” was unveiled Tuesday at its new home at the entrance of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, just steps from the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a brisk walk from the controversial Confederate statues on Monument Avenue it was created in response to by the artist.