Wiley is perhaps best known for his portraits of young black men wearing the latest in street fashion, stylized in the vein of the Old Masters and set against colorful, patterned backdrops.
"This is something that, as artists, we constantly deal with-throwing away the past, slaying the father, and creating the new".
This will mark the first time that black artists were hired by the Smithsonian to create a portrait of a former president since they started commissioning portraits in 1994, though the White House did commission a black Alabaman artist, Simmie Knox, to paint the Clintons in 2000.More news: Steep's Road to Olympics DLC is Prioritized Over the Nintendo Switch Port
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A tradition since the early '90s, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has commissioned artists of a former president's choosing to paint the official presidential portrait. Sherald challenges stereotypes and probes notions of identity through her life-size paintings of African Americans.
The paintings are scheduled to be unveiled next year and added to the National Portrait Gallery's popular collection of presidential and first lady portraits.
Ms Sherald, the lesser known of the two artists, won the National Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. We definitely can not wait to see the paintings of the Obamas; they're sure to make us miss them even more. The museum began to commission Presidents' portraits with George H.W. Bush. The photographs by Close will remain on view until Obama's official painted portrait is installed.
Arguably, this has been one of the coolest choices in the Smithsonian Gallery's history.