We have to say that we didn’t (totally) mind Kehinde Wiley’s cartoonish, faux-classical official portrait of President Obama – though it is frankly braver of the 44th President than of the artist.
Better State flora than wallpaper, we guess, but the most vivid image the portrait evokes is of a fairy at the bottom of the garden.
On the other hand, Amy Sherald’s offering for posterity of Michelle Obama (below) renders the former First Lady as a cross between Godzilla and one of those Olympic swimmers on steroids.
The Last Refuge (online) commented: “The portraits are just plain goofy.”
Diego Velázquez, Rembrandt, Leonardo, Jan van Eyck, Raphael, Hans Holbein the Younger, Thomas Gainsborough, John Singer Sargent, inter alios, where are you now?