The Obama Portraits have landed at the Brooklyn Museum

After spending two months at Chicago’s Art Institute of Chicago, the Obama Portraits have arrived at Brooklyn Museum. Since their debut exhibition at Washington D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery in 2018, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley’s stunning paintings of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have charmed visitors.

The museum also has Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 rendering of George Washington, and Andy Warhol’s sardonic screenprint, Vote McGovern, of Richard Nixon. The presidential portraits are always succinctly identical. They adhere to the traditional artistic traditions of classical European portraiture and use small symbols to represent the values of their subject.

Tsai said that Wiley and Sherald both present works that reflect the “gravitas, grace and power of their powerful subjects while remaining true and completely contemporary artist visions.”

Both portraits will be on display at Brooklyn Museum from October 24 to 24, with the exception of Sherald. The paintings will then be transferred to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (November 5-2021 to January 2, 2022), to the High Museum of Art (1/13/14 to 1/33/2022) and to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (March 25-30/2022).

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy.Brooklyn NY 11238

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