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03
Nov
17

David Litt On “Thanks, Obama”

14
Oct
17

Champions Of The Arts

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Kelly Crow: Obamas Choose Rising Stars To Paint Their Official Portraits

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a pair of rising-star artists—New York’s Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore’s Amy Sherald—to paint its official portraits of the former president and first lady. Both artists have exhibited widely, but this presidential assignmentamounts to a coup as they follow in the footsteps of artists like Gilbert Stuart, whose portraits of George Washington are considered masterpieces. The Obamas also made a point to champion the arts during their time in the White House, which has heightened art-world curiosity over which artists they would choose.

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The Smithsonian confirmed Thursday that former President Barack Obama has asked to be painted by Mr. Wiley, a 40-year-old artist best known for his vivid portraits of young, black men in imperious, Old-Master poses. Ms. Sherald, a 44-year-old artist known for painting surreal portraits of elegant black women, will paint Ms. Obama. Ms. Sherald’s signature style is to use a palette of grays instead of skin tones to capture her subjects’ faces and hands. Anticipation in art circles is high because the Obamas have chosen artists with major followings. The Smithsonian’s set of presidential and first-lady portraits remains distinct from the White House’s own collection of portraits, though. Mr. Wiley and Ms. Sherald are the first black artists hired by the Smithsonian to paint a president and his first lady.

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09
Sep
17

A Real President Comes To Visit

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31
Aug
17

A True Comforter-In-Chief

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16
Aug
17

Chowing Down With POTUS

31
Jul
17

On The Right Track

31
May
17

Flourish, POTUS and FLOTUS. Flourish!

20
May
17

A Date Night Standing Ovation

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Emily Heil: The Obamas’ Date Night Ends At Masseria With A Standing Ovation From Diners

Hey, isn’t that … President Barack and Michelle Obama, on what looked like a date-night dinner on Saturday at Italian hotspot Masseria? A fellow diner tells us that most of the patrons tried to be cool and not ogle at the former first couple, who we’re told left their menu in the chef’s hands and dined on “a lot of pasta,” as well as a dry-aged steak with a red wine sauce, plus a bottle of vino.

The meal ended with something sweeter than dessert, though: When the Obamas stood to leave, a hush fell over the dining room before diners broke into applause and gave the couple a standing ovation. Chef Nicholas Steffanelli says the restaurant doesn’t usually talk about its guests, but called the moment “really special.”

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26
Mar
17

But Seriously

08
Feb
17

Welcome Home, President And First Lady!

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