Pendleton and Sherald join two honorary trustees who have also stepped down from the board, though the artists did not state their objections to a contentious deaccession.
Starting in June 2021, the official portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama will leave the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to tour five cities across the country.
For her Hauser & Wirth debut, Sherald restructures historical notions of blackness through the use of grisaille.
Sherald, who has a solo show at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, shares her reasons for painting and what’s next for her career.
On March 24 alone, the day of the March For Our Lives, 35,968 people visited the museum.
Like many African American portraitists, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley represent the Obamas as themselves, and as more than themselves.
Too often, women of color are expected to support black artists in the abstract — sometimes at the expense of meaningful, critical dialogue.
At the unveiling this morning, Michelle Obama spoke about her “instant connection” with Amy Sherald, while Barack Obama said he asked Kehinde Wiley “to bring it down just a touch.”
The long-awaited portraits were presented at a ceremony today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The internet was quick to respond.
Next year the portraits of the Obamas will enter the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and judging by the choice of artists they’re sure to be impressive.