The Obama portraits are direct, vital, and above all, cool

February 13, 2018 | Courtesy of vox.com

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How the new Obama paintings from Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald revitalize the stale power of the portrait.

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are in — and they aren’t quite like anything else in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Kehinde Wiley via National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG. Amy Sherald via National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG.

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