Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Michelle Obama's Dress in Her Portrait Has a Deep Political Message

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama Wrapped in symbolism, portraits of the Obama generate reactions found
Faye Gross | 14 February, 2018, 18:15

Sean Hannity's blog took on the big questions in the minds of all God-fearing Americans today - does the recently unveiled presidential portrait of Barack Obama feature "secret sperm" and was it painted by an artist who harbors hatred in his heart against white people?

The portraits of the 44th president and first lady were unveiled on February 12 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the New York Post reported. The image, which depicts the 44th president sitting in a chair in front of a background of green foliage, was painted by the artist Kehinde Wiley. Milly co-founder and creative director Michelle Smith is the one whose gown is featured in the former first lady's official portrait. "I tried to negotiate less grey hair".

"I look pretty sharp", Barack said after seeing himself in art form.

After her portrait was unveiled, the former First Lady said she, "was a little overwhelmed, to say the least".

"To be honest, I was anticipating - hoping for - a bolder, more incisive image of the strong-voiced person I imagine this former first lady to be".

The portraits are stunning, partly because they are so different from any official portraiture that came before, but also because they offer an interpretation of two historic figures through a distinctly African American lens. Commercials de-emphasized Michelle Obama's legal career-in fact, it was she who had mentored Barack, not the other way around-and pushed her domestic identity as a mother.

From the outset, the portraits have given much to talk about in the world of the arts because the Obamas personally chose, from among a score of artists, those who would capture their images on the canvas.

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The final will also include Americans Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey, and Jake Pates. Too late, folks, he has already been to the restaurant and had one for himself.


"I'm thinking of all the girls of colour who will come and see someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American Institution", said the former United States first lady. "And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls".

President Obama's portrait is a break from tradition. What did the portraits mean to you, particularly if you are African-American or of African descent? The racializing schema of Sherald's work is to "exclude the idea of color as race", she has said, in her artist's statement.

"I used the same cotton poplin and minimal, geometric print to create something more conservative and modern", Smith says of the revised design added a bow sash waist and a slightly fuller skirt.

"They are artists who are very committed to representing minorities, African-Americans, people from Madrid, coffee-and-milk people", he said.

Hannity has habitually made it clear he's no fan of Obama and this isn't the first time he's promoted a conspiracy theory in relation to the former president.

Sherald pained the former first lady in grayscale which was inspired by black and white pictures of African Americans from back in the day.

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