"And so she sits symbolically in the world in the same way I want my images to sit". "I have enough political problems", said Mr. Obama to laughter from the audience.
Writing on Twitter, Hannity said that Obama's portrait, which was unveiled on Monday, was loaded with "inappropriate sexual innuendo" that showed "a stark contrast to predecessors".
"Sherald's interpretation of Ms. Obama used a stylized gray hue to portray Black skin tones".
The portrait of the former president was made by artist Kehinde Wiley, who is a Yale University-trained painter. Sherald also painted the first lady sitting, and much of our impression of Mrs. Obama has to do with her stature and impeccable posture.
Now This News put together a 35-second video of all the presidential portraits from Washington to Obama, to make the distinction even more clear. Portraits can also be entirely conceptual, but the process whereby the National Portrait Gallery commissions presidential portraits is structured to prevent anything too radical emerging from the artist.
They remind me of what continues in my mind to be the most compelling Obama portrait: Shepard Fairey's 2008 red, white and blue image of the upturned face of the young Obama over the upper-case word "HOPE". "There has got to be something about them that only I can see", she told The New York Times.
However, the Obamas are an unprecedented couple and they continue to break new ground in terms of representation and whom they entrust to represent them.
The other painting can be found under Wiley's 2012 collection titled "An Economy of Grace" and was described by the artist himself as a "play on the "kill whitey" thing." "These artists were commissioned... because of how they work and a particular viewpoint". "How do you explain that a lot of that is just simply not true?" The painting includes "dozens of little sperm cells" across the canvas, the blog said, noting that the corners of the portrait's frame contains "an egg-like orb with sperm cells crawling on them".
"From the greenery sprout flowers that have symbolic meaning for the sitter". Wiley's portrait of President Obama was moved later in the day to the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery's permanent exhibition of presidential portraits, where it went on view today.