Basketball is often equated as an art form. The way 10 players run up-and-down the court — each with their own individual style of play — working in tandem, as they channel their creativity to reach success. As the ultimate symbol of the game, Kehinde Wiley has released a special limited-edition basketball artwork that takes that metaphor one step further.
Drawing on an earlier painting entitled Morpheus, which was inspired by Jean-Antonie Houdon’s 1777 marble sculpture of the same name, Wiley’s iteration featured a model from Brooklyn lain across a white sheet with floral motifs around his body.
The Morpheus basketball is regulation size and is made using premium leather in a monogrammed cotton dust bag. Additional highlights include a heavy lucite basketball stand with beveled edges and engraved with the artist’s signature. Net proceeds from the sale will benefit Wiley’s artist-in-residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded back in 2019.