The National Portrait Gallery is unveiling portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. The paintings were being unveiled Monday February 12, 2018 (the official holiday of Abraham Lincoln) at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits. Continue reading
By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.
Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage Jamaica, an exhibition that features Jamaican men and women assuming poses taken from 17th and 18th Century British portraiture was seen in New York at Stephen Friedman Gallery from October 15 2013 – November 16, 2013. The collection was the first one in the ‘World Stage’ series to feature portraits of women.
By Walter Rutledge
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn,is an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career featuring sixty paintings and sculptures. The works represent Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women of color set in the style of the Old Masters. Wiley has replaced the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African-Americans from historical and cultural narratives. Continue reading