Presenting the #ObamaPortraits: President @BarackObama’s portrait by @kehindewileyart and Mrs. @MichelleObama’s portrait by Amy Sherald.— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) February 12, 2018
Both will be on view starting tomorrow at our @NPG. About the artists: https://t.co/ed4LlI52Od #myNPG pic.twitter.com/Q3K9C5F7yI
The portraits will be on display at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Both artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are African-American.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Wiley and Sherald aren't the first black artists to create an official presidential portrait (that would be Simmie Knox, who created the White House paintings of Bill and Hillary Clinton), but they are the first black artists to create official presidential portraits specifically for the National Portrait Gallery.
They’re incredible. I miss them so. https://t.co/8CVg2EOz3K— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 12, 2018
come back pic.twitter.com/R3SZ7Pmdf5— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 12, 2018
help us pic.twitter.com/dbjYjz2CsW— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 12, 2018
THE COOLEST. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. https://t.co/gyIWnuE04x— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) February 12, 2018
As the Obamas' official portraits were unveiled today it was a reminder of a time when we had a president who actually respected our institutions, who told the truth, who sought to protect the vulnerable, and who was a president for all Americans.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 12, 2018
And I'm confident we will again
An overlooked aspect of these portraits is that they're prodding Americans to discuss fine art and its purposes. We're so used to bland portraits of presidents that when confronted with even modestly challenging art, people freak out. And that's good. https://t.co/Pvy1ip1TF0— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 12, 2018
Most official portraits are just fancy photographs, a pointless exercise when you can just take a picture. These convey something much richer. Compare. pic.twitter.com/rtMhfvMx2c— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 12, 2018
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