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Former President Barack Obama, who is on a media tour to promote his new memoir A Promised Land, spoke with CBS’s Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes this weekend about his two-term presidency, the turbulent events of 2020, and Joe Biden’s recent election. Both interviews took place inside the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, home to the immensely popular Obama portraits by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.
Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady received special attention in a conversation between the former president and CBS’s Gayle King about his family life, and his wife’s Michelle initial reservations against his 2008 presidential run.
“I am mindful of the sacrifices that she made, but the good news is that, for whatever reason, she has forgiven me … sort of,” Obama said about his wife. “She still reminds me occasionally of what she up with.”
On 60 Minutes, Obama sat for a conversation with Scott Pelley in front of Abraham Lincoln’s official portrait.
“He’s a good example of somebody who I think understood deeply the need to be able to see another person’s point of view,” said Obama while pointing at Lincoln’s portrait behind him.
Obama, who has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of his successor, Donald Trump, addressed the current president’s relentless refusal to concede his loss in the 2020 election.
“It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally,” said Obama. “That’s a dangerous path. We would never accept that out of our own kids behaving that way if they lost.”
Titled “BARACK” (2020), the oil painting depicts the former president in a contemplative pose, resting his face in his palm in a manner that subtly alludes to Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker”.
“Barack Obama is, in many ways, all of us,” Casteel wrote on Instagram. “The distance between us was lessened through the act of making this painting… and I needed to be reminded of that now more than ever.”
Tabitha Arnold’s rugs pay tribute to organizers who lay their bodies on the line in the workplace, in the public square, and in the depths of private prisons.
The intentionality of Booker’s abstraction gives me the impetus to discuss something about the current zeitgeist that’s been on my mind for a while.
The Morgan Library & Museum Presents Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South
This exhibition celebrates the Morgan’s recent acquisition of drawings by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young.
After years in the making, New Time opens at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
The museum details the process of moviemaking, from its inception in storytelling all the way to its marketing. But interwoven into these exhibits are ugly truths.
Part of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Art Preserve also functions as a curated collection facility and is filled with immersive installations.
The former panels, removed in 2017, featured images dedicated to Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.