The Obama Portraits Make Their Debut at LACMA

The official portraits of former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are on display at LACMA now through January 2nd. “The Obama Portraits” began its five-city tour in Chicago, went to Brooklyn and will continue on to Atlanta and Houston. The portraits were painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. 

Sherald tells THR, “It’s an exciting moment in the long journey of these paintings to have the work shown in dialogue with so many of the artists who came before us and made this experience possible.” “The Obama Portraits” are part of a larger exhibit, “Black American Portraits” which, “envelops them like a nesting doll, dedicated to the way portraiture has been used as a tool of power and self-determination throughout American history.”

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