The paintings were set to return to Washington, DC, but will instead go to the de Young Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Bearing Witness to Breonna Taylor’s Life and Death
There are many in Kentucky who wish to get beyond the Breonna Taylor tragedy, but Amy Sherald’s magnetic portrait of Taylor insists otherwise.
Artists Adam Pendleton and Amy Sherald Resign From Baltimore Museum Board Amid Controversy
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.
Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley’s Portraits of the Obamas Get a National Tour
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.
The Quiet Introspection of Amy Sherald’s New Portraits
For her Hauser & Wirth debut, Sherald restructures historical notions of blackness through the use of grisaille.
Amy Sherald on Her “Gentle Presentation of Black Identity” and More
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.
Obama Portraits Bring Record Traffic to National Portrait Gallery
On March 24 alone, the day of the March For Our Lives, 35,968 people visited the museum.
The Obama Portraits and the History of African American Portraiture
Like many African American portraitists, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley represent the Obamas as themselves, and as more than themselves.
It’s OK to Feel Ambivalent About Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait
Too often, women of color are expected to support black artists in the abstract — sometimes at the expense of meaningful, critical dialogue.
Obamas Open Up About Their Newly Unveiled Official Portraits
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.”
Official Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Were Just Unveiled
The long-awaited portraits were presented at a ceremony today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The internet was quick to respond.
Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Chosen to Paint Official Obama Portraits for the Smithsonian
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.