LACMA to Host NPG Obama Portraits
|Amy Sherald, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018. (c) Amy Sherald|
When first unveiled in 2018 there was a one-hour line for selfies with Sherald's portrait of Michelle. Sherald said the dress's geometric patterns were inspired by Gee's Bend quilts and Mondrian. The gray skin was chosen to complicate readings of race. One critic compared it to Kerry James Marshall's A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of his Former Self (1980)—an influential work that LACMA acquired last year and has yet to show on its main campus.