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Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama, Art History, Race, and Gender

I was very excited to learn that two young, African American painters had been chosen to paint the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively.  I have followed the work of Wiley in particular over the past 15 years or so, and was very excited that the Obamas had specifically chosen these two artists for their National Portrait Gallery representations.

You can see and read about the portraits in this New York Times articlehere
 
I always tell my students that interpreting art is a deeply personal thing, so perhaps I should not have been surprised to read online that there were a number of people who did not feel as I did.