Black People Politics : Obamas' official portraits revealed at the Smithsonian - People Have Strong Reactions

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    Obamas' official portraits revealed at the Smithsonian - People Have Strong Reactions

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    Dylan Stableford
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    ... Barack Obama image, painted by artist Kehinde Wiley, shows him seated in front of an ivy backdrop, while Michelle Obama was painted by Amy Sherald in a pale blue setting. Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the Smithsonian.


    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obamas-official-portraits-revealed-smithsonian-164744467.html

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    Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday. (Barack by Kehinde Wiley; Michelle by Amy Sherald; images courtesy the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)


     
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    Smithsonian Curator Talks Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait Selection
    Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will become the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the Smithsonian

    By Brigit Katz
    smithsonian.com
    October 17, 2017

    ... The museum recently announced that Barack and Michelle Obama have chosen Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, to paint their official likenesses. As black artists who grapple with concepts of race and identity in their work, Wiley and Sherald promise to bring distinctive interpretations to the tradition of presidential portraiture.

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    Amy Sherald was the first-prize winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Sherald’s painting is currently on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, which is hosting the exhibition resulting from the Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition: “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today.” (Paul Morigi, 2016/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

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    Obama Portrait Artists: Kehinde Wiley
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    Credit: LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2005. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; on loan from LL Cool J © Kehinde Wiley



     
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    Simply beautiful.

    Everything You Need To Know About Michelle Obama's Portrait Dress

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    Jenna Amatulli

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    Obama’s gown is a custom design by the brand Milly (a design house she’s worn previously).

    When Sherald spoke during the unveiling of her painting, she explained that the abstract pattern of the dress reminded her of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s geometric paintings.


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    Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and artist Amy Sherald unveil Obama's portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Feb. 12, 2018. (Mark Wilson via Getty Images)

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    A model walks the runway during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2016. (Victor VIRGILE via Getty Images)

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    Milly’s president and CEO, Andrew Oshrin, told HuffPost that the dress is an exclusive for Obama, so, no, you can’t just go buy it right now.
     
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    Obama Portrait Artist Kehinde Wiley Once Painted Black Women Decapitating White Women

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    Jon Levine
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    ... but the new-found fame has also drawn attention to some of the artist’s more boundary-pushing past works.

    Two paintings from 2012, depicting the Biblical story of Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes, began making the rounds online on Monday; in Wiley’s rendering, Judith is depicted as a black woman and Holofernes as a white woman.

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    Obama Portrait Artist Kehinde Wiley Once Painted Black Women Decapitating White Women


     
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    Obamas' official portraitists on their daunting task
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    Exclusive: The Obamas are signaling "that it is okay to occupy skin that happens to look like this." Amanpour speaks with official portraitists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

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    Inside the Obama Portraits Unveiling: Witnessing Visions of Black Power Shake Up a Gallery of White History

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    ... They are like nothing currently hanging in the National Portrait Gallery and are unlike anything we have seen in the history of portraiture of power in America. The images are conceptually bold and undeniably black, blending together fact and fiction, they will help illuminate in the annals of history the Obama era forever ...

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