Barack Obama unveiled his official portrait as painted by artist Kehinde Wiley at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC on Monday.
“Wiley typically portrays people of color posing as famous figures in Western art,” the Portrait Gallery said of his work. “Through this practice, he challenges the visual rhetoric of power that is dominated by elite white men.”
“Barack Obama said he admired how Wiley’s photos ‘challenge our conventional views of power and privilege,'” NPR reports.
Former US President Barack Obama with his portrait's artist, Kehinde Wiley, after its unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
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Part of challenging the “power” of white people evidently involves angry black women decapitating white women, which Wiley has a fixation for:
Imagine if President Trump had his official portrait painted by a white artist known for his portraits of white women decapitating black women.
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