The National Portrait Gallery Unveiled the Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama
Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama are joining the ranks of other former presidents and first ladies at the National Portrait Gallery. The official portraits of the former first couple were unveiled today in Washington D.C.
The official portrait of Barack is by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle's portrait is by Amy Sherald.
The National Portrait Gallery posted a video of Barack unveiling his portrait on Twitter:
A similar video of Michelle uncovering her portrait was shared by C-SPAN:
Barack Obama's portrait is by New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley. Michelle's portrait was painted by Baltimore-based Amy Sherald, who won the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, AP News reports. Wiley and Sherald are the first African-American artists commissioned to paint official portraits of a presidential couple for the National Portrait Gallery. The Obamas chose Wiley and Sherald from a portfolio of roughly 20 artists submitted to the couple by the Gallery's curators, the New York Times reports.
Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald at the portrait unveiling.
The works will join the complete collection of presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, according to Time. Barack's portrait will be placed in the hall of presidents in the "American Presidents" exhibition, while Michelle's portrait will join another gallery, CNN reports. Both portraits are on public display starting February 13.
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