New Yorker Gushes Over Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama

14 February, 2018, 19:53 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama

But I think there will be considerable acclaim for this work, too, because Sherald managed to stay true to her own stylistic inclinations while producing a serviceable formal image.

That said, these two quotes would seem to more than meet the burden of proof that Fox News typically applies to stories about how Barack Obama (and/or, black artists he favored) degraded the office of the presidency.

Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists ever commissioned to paint a president or first lady for the Smithsonian. Earlier this week, we were blessed with the Obamas' portraits and everyone had mixed reactions about how unconventional they looked compared to past presidents.

The gray skin in Michelle Obama's portrait feels at first like a loss, and then like a real gain. "The greenery of the backdrop shows us Obama's vitality and global connectedness - but the man himself feels still stuck at his desk".

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But there's more to Sherald's portrait of Obama than what meets the eye.

Photo At left, the portrait of Mr. Obama by Kehinde Wiley, and the portrait of Mrs. Obama by Amy Sherald.

Dr. Eugene Gu, a columnist for The Hill, agreed, tweeting: "Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice".

Some people couldn't help but make comparisons to other iconic portraits, with one Twitter user comparing the former president's portrait to Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement portrait.

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In the segment exploring the latest additions to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery - no one held back.

"She bent down and looked at them and said, 'I painted this for you so that when you go to a museum you will see someone who looks like you on the wall, '" Moss recalled after seeing Sherald speak to young African-American girls at a gallery talk. (Spring 2017, in fact, which hit the runway in September 2016, which locates this portrait commission at quite a fulcrum of history for the Republic.) The dress, Sherald said, evoked Mondrian's paintings, and the abstract geometric quilts of Gee's Bend.

Wiley's former work includes paintings of black women who are dangling the decapitated heads of white women by the hair.

Conservative critic Ed Morrissey of HotAir commented Monday: "Both of the Obamas deserved better than what we saw today, whether they truly enjoyed these or were just trying their best to be gracious about it". He mentioned his adrenaline rush, explained the symbolic system of flowers in the portrait's verdure, and sat down. The former first lady had reminded him, he said, that he was not finished, and that he needed to thank his mother. We'd also love to know your thoughts and perspective on these paintings.

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Barack Obama's portrait will be even more of a standout at the National Portrait Gallery, where all the presidential pictures are now assembled.


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