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Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits Revealed at #NPG; Artist Kehinde Wiley Has Interesting Portfolio - Buxrs.com
Published: 10 months ago By: Anthony Brian Logan

By: Anthony Brian LoganPublished: 10 months ago


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Brand new portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were revealed on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, elbows in his knees, leaning forward with an intense expression. The background, typical of a Wiley painting, is a riotous pattern of intense greens.

"Pretty sharp," Obama said with a grin.

Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist, painted Michelle Obama sitting in a floor-length gown, chin on her hand, looking directly at the viewer with a calm, level gaze.

The paintings, like the presidency they honor, are a historic first. Wiley and Sherald — both already famous for their portraits of black Americans — are the first black painters to receive a presidential portrait commission from the museum.

Celebrities from Shonda Rimes to Steven Spielberg, former administration officials from Josh Earnest to Eric Holder, and members of the media filed into the Portrait Gallery's expansive, glass-covered central courtyard for the ceremony. Kim Sajet, the director of the gallery, told the audience that a portrait was not truly finished until a viewer, a member of the public, had a personal encounter with it.

Then came the unveiling — quite literally, as fabric covers were pulled off the portraits on a small stage.

(ARTICLE: NPR)

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People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama’s Portraits
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barack-michelle-obama-portraits-reaction_us_5a81c18ee4b0c6726e15cff9?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%2BVoices§ion=black-voices&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000051&__twitter_impression=true

The National Portrait Gallery - Presidential Portraits
http://npg.si.edu/portraits/collection-highlights/presidential-portraits?page=2&objectID=dbp-1424166684336-1424166684336-1

The Obamas' Official Portraits, Revealed
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/the-obamas-official-portraits-revealed/553031/?utm_source=atltw

Michelle Obama Unveiled Her Official Portrait – The Audience Reaction Says It All
http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/12/michelle-obama-official-portrait-reaction/?utm_source=site-share

Get to know Amy Sherald, the Baltimore artist painting Michelle Obama's official portrait
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-fe-amy-sherald-michelle-obama-portrait-20180207-story.html

ARTIST FEATURE: KEHINDE WILEY
https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-kehinde-wiley/

KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/wiley



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