For 50 years, the official paintings of America's former leaders at the gallery had been composed of white presidents painted by white artists. The colors she uses don't have that warm, burnished glow you expect from classic portraiture, and the immediacy of her renderings isn't filtered through the careful staging of power.
Barack Obama's presidential portrait was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday.
Can you imagine for a second if George W. Bush, or any other former president, decided on a painter who was famous for depicting white people killing black people to paint his official portrait? The first lady inhabits a world of calm, clarity and Wedgwood-hued enlightenment, while the president is seen untethered against a screen of leaves and flowers, with occasional glimpses into an unknown dark space beyond. If this is who Mrs. Obama thought could best communicate her legacy, what do we think she's trying to say?
"The absurdity of Obama's portrait is beyond parody", user @GotWesties wrote.
President Obama perhaps foresaw the conversation that would be sparked by the paintings. Not so for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday. But it is the bulk of the dress that makes a statement, all but engulfing the body, with little more than the face, arms and hands (with light violet-colored nail polish) exposed.
The artist said, "I paint American people, and I tell American stories through the paintings I create". Most recently, Obama wore a Milly blouse on her final day in the White House.
As evidence for this claim, Hannity posted a link to an article on his own website titled, "PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features 'SECRET SPERM'". In Wiley's words, "I am painting women in order to come to terms with the depictions of gender within the context of art history. And instead of the darkness that threatens to engulf Lincoln, Wiley substituted an effusion of plants". Wiley uses "street casting" to find his models - walking city streets and asking ordinary people if they would pose for a portrait.
Powell defended the representation, saying it's typical of Sherald's style not to paint with "photographic likeness". But quite frankly, she looks more like Kerry Washington than Mrs. O. "I think she nailed it in that regard", he said. She says African American portraiture by black artists began in earnest during the Harlem Renaissance.
Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, had donated to the commissioning of the Obamas' portrait.
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love", he said.
Perhaps as a sign of the growing polarisation that the United States is experiencing, both portraits generated praise and admiration from the critics, who highlighted the place of the Obama in the history of the USA, and reactions from a perplexed public, trying to decipher the message. "I knew I wanted something that was colorful, something that had a bold kind of pattern on it".
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