Posts Tagged ‘art

30
Jun
21

The Obama Portraits

05
Jun
21

Happy Birthday, Breonna

03
Mar
21

Perspective On The World

16
Feb
21

The Power Of Art

07
Feb
21

Black In Time

14
Dec
20

Patron Of The Arts

24
Feb
19

The Real King And Queen

02
Apr
18

Queens

14
Oct
17

Champions Of The Arts

****

Kelly Crow: Obamas Choose Rising Stars To Paint Their Official Portraits

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a pair of rising-star artists—New York’s Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore’s Amy Sherald—to paint its official portraits of the former president and first lady. Both artists have exhibited widely, but this presidential assignmentamounts to a coup as they follow in the footsteps of artists like Gilbert Stuart, whose portraits of George Washington are considered masterpieces. The Obamas also made a point to champion the arts during their time in the White House, which has heightened art-world curiosity over which artists they would choose.

****

****

The Smithsonian confirmed Thursday that former President Barack Obama has asked to be painted by Mr. Wiley, a 40-year-old artist best known for his vivid portraits of young, black men in imperious, Old-Master poses. Ms. Sherald, a 44-year-old artist known for painting surreal portraits of elegant black women, will paint Ms. Obama. Ms. Sherald’s signature style is to use a palette of grays instead of skin tones to capture her subjects’ faces and hands. Anticipation in art circles is high because the Obamas have chosen artists with major followings. The Smithsonian’s set of presidential and first-lady portraits remains distinct from the White House’s own collection of portraits, though. Mr. Wiley and Ms. Sherald are the first black artists hired by the Smithsonian to paint a president and his first lady.

More here

****

07
Mar
17

Chat Away




@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • NY Attorney General taking legal action to force Trumps to answer questions
  • Rare access inside Notre Dame cathedral rebuilding
  • What a thinning out of Russia's embassy in Ukraine could mean
  • Senate set to begin debate on voting rights
  • The 50 Over 50: EMEA 2022

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 43,176,951 hits
January 2022
M T W T F S S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31