Hum, well as clearly evident in the comments the reviews are mixed on the painting. I wasn’t familiar with the artist prior to this, and knew nothing of the symbolism when I first saw it, but I personally love it. Thanks for sharing!
I was not expecting the negativity of the comments! I don’t know why I wasn’t, I should have been.
Anyway, I am not an art critic. I don’t know enough about art to make “academic” statements about it beyond very basic ones about paitings that are, give or take, 5 or more centuries old. Modern art just isn’t my thing. So, my…
Beautiful. I wrote an appreciation of Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Obama: https://medium.com/@sadincalifornia/what-i-see-when-i-look-at-kehinde-wileys-obama-portrait-b2341717d5e6
I like the concept of how Michele’s portrait was done. To me, it’s intriguing.
At the same time, it took a moment to get use to the idea of it being such a break from convention — a sort of slow but startling appreciation for recognizing there’s more than one way to approach this. And then the thought…what better candidates for introducing this idea than these two symbols of change?
It’s cool, sis. Let Brad Trapp die mad. Nothing wrong with criticism but when it comes to that all-too-familiar agenda he’s spewing, we’ve seen that weak sauce before.
Besides, until he learns to spell “high schooler” correctly , don’t take him seriously.
I wasn’t familiar with Amy Sherald’s work before this portrait, so I saw the gray skin tone as simply an aesthetic choice, but knowing it now as a way of reconstructing how we view and think about Black skin and Black personhood is brilliant. I was struck by how abstract Michelle’s portrait was in comparison to Barack’s, but you bring up a…
Fuck. What a way to begin an Advent devotional.
Fuck is that catch-all word, screamed out in a fit of rage. Blurted out in incredulous surprise and awe. Said under one’s breath when things aren’t going well. Cried out in a deep…