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Kehinde Wiley. Painting of Black person in red shirt and black hat next to Black man in grey shirt with red Nike logo and text spelling "JUST DO IT" holding each other's hand and surrounded by red and yellow and green flowers

Kehinde Wiley's New Exhibit Confronts Art's Erasure of Black Humanity

The painter didn’t see many portraits of Black subjects on the walls of the St. Louis Art Museum. So he put them there.

Michelle and Barack Obama smiling on stage

LIVESTREAM: Smithsonian Unveils Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits

Created by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, the images will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Painting of Black woman in brown and black patterned dress in front of brown stone and green and blue desert scenery; Painting of Black woman in black and white dress with black purse and hat in front of light blue background

Barack and Michelle Obama Select Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint National Gallery Portraits

The two visual artists will paint the first Black U.S. president and first lady for the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

The Art of Masculinity

In two new shows, the artists Kehinde Wiley and Alex Donis lift up–and sometimes subvert–ideas of black and brown manhood.

The Kehinde Wiley Portrait Michael Jackson Commissioned

In 2007 artist Kehinde Wiley received voicemails saying that Michael Jackson was trying to reach him. “I ignored them because quite honestly I thought it was a prank” says Wiley. After some further research it turned out the calls were real. Michael Jackson was actually interested in a commissioned piece by Kehinde Wiley.

Wiley mixes images of classical royal portraiture

with images of contemporary black culture. In an interview with Anthem Magazine, Wiley described his style and subjects: