Where Art At?

February 19, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, ART, POLITICS | 0 Comments |

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.

Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley

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?


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