Decoding the symbolism in the new Obama portraits – The Washington PostThe National
Portrait Gallery unveiled the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama on Monday. The former president chose Brooklyn-based artist Kehinde Wiley to paint his portrait, and the former first lady chose Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. The new works, on view at the museum starting tomorrow, are full of complex symbolism and bold choices. Here’s what the artists, the subjects and art historian Robert Hobbs had to say about the portraits.