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Black Artists Selected To Create The Official Presidential Portraits Of The Obamas

For the first time in history, two black artists will create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian.

The Obamas selected Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their portraits that will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley will paint President Obama. He’s best known for his portraits of young black men that channel classical works. His work has been featured in countless galleries and he even received a mention on the show “Empire.”

Amy Sherald will paint First Lady Michelle Obama. The Baltimore-born artist won the Portrait Gallery’s 20-16 Portrait competition. The Gallery says her work “challenges stereotypes with her life-size paintings of African-Americans.”


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