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The Obama portraits will embark on a national museum tour in 2021.

Artists Kalup Linzy and Shinique Smith, who are featured in Barnes Foundation 30 Americans, talk about their influences, goals, Black arts movement and more.

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Portraits of the Obamas were instrumental in helping the Smithsonian Museum break a visitor record.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery commissioned official portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Cameras followed Kehinde Wiley, a New York-based portrait painter, as he decided to explore the inner and outer beauty of Black women for his latest project. Kehinde is known for his creating portraits of young Black men, showcasing them in a way that mainstream society rarely does: strong, noble, soulful and heroic. He sets them against […]