12 Feb '18, 7pm

We are witnessing history.

Stunning portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were just unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The Obama portraits were created by celebrated African American artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald , respectively. Wiley depicts the former President sitting confidently in a chair with an all-over floral backdrop. On the contrary, the former First Lady is painted wearing a lovely white gown embellished with abstract African motifs. This marks the first time both painters were granted a presidential portrait commission from the museum. “Wiley typically portrays people of color posing as famous figures in Western art,” the National Portrait Gallery stated. “Through this practice, he challenges the visual rhetoric of power that is dominated by elite white men.” As for Sherald, she is widely recognized for her “stylized, archetypal portrayals of African Ameri...

Full article: https://hypebeast.com/2018/2/obama-portraits-kehinde-wile...

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