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11:00, 13 February 2018

Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits expand beyond usual format


The pictures, painted by Kehinde (is a given name of Yoruba origin meaning “the second-born of the twins” or the one who comes after Taiwo) Wiley and Amy Sherald, are vivid depictions by African American artists and will hang at the SmithsonianBarack Obama tried to negotiate less grey hair, he recalled, but Kehinde Wiley’s “artistic integrity” would not allow it. He tried to negotiate smaller ears but “struck out on that as well”. There was one area of concession, however: Wiley’s impulse to depict Obama on a throne, holding a sceptre or perhaps even riding a horse. “I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without (may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film)) you making me look like Napoleon!” Related: Kehinde Wiley (may refer to): ‘Creating the portrait of Obama (Hussein Obama II ( ( listen); born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017) is a huge responsibility’ Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/12/barack-obama-michelle-obama-national-portrait-gallery


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