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IMAGE: cheap air jordan Former US president Barack cheap jordans from china Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama alongside their portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Cheap jordans DC. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters
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The artists, both in cheap jordans on sale their 40s, are the first African Americans to paint official portraits for the cheap Air max shoes museum and both have dedicated their careers to showcasing people of colour in unique ways.
IMAGE: Kehinde Wiley’s portrait pays homage to Obama’s roots. Obama is portrayed as an accessible and open person, just as what he was during his two term presidency. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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IMAGE: Obama joked that his attempts to negotiate with Kehinde Wiley on showing less gray hair and smaller ears didn’t work. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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‘The narrative had to do with accessibility, the narrative had to do with a language of openness,’ the artist said, adding, ‘There were no ties, it’s an open collar, it’s a much more relaxed body language the sense of repose yet at the same time a kind of radical vigilance in the eyes.’
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IMAGE: Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle’s portrait, is an African American artist known for her unique style. Her portraits tend to underscore themes of social justice. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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She tends to paint black subjects, usually in grayscale in front of a colour saturated background, in clothes she chooses carefully for each subject.
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The bulk of the dress makes a statement, all but engulfing the body, with little more than the face, arms and hands (with light violet coloured nail polish) exposed.
The dress almost becomes a protective shell that hides the first lady’s body and some of her femininity.
cheap air jordan IMAGE: Barack Obama complimented Amy Sherald for her portrait, saying, ‘I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love.’ Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images cheap air jordan.