Artist Amy Sherald coming to St. Louis

February 20, 2018 by  

Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, will enjoy her first solo show ever this summer in St. Louis.

Sherald’s portrait of Mrs. Obama was recently unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The St. Louis show will be held at the Contemporary Art Museum. Lisa Melandri, the executive curator, is organizing the exhibit, which will feature Sherald’s recent work.

Known for her bold and vibrant paintings of African-Americans, the faces of Sherald’s subjects are rendered in the style of American realism, and she often adds costumes and whimsical props to the composition.

Sherald has at least one fan: the former First Lady, who attended the ceremony when the portrait was unveiled at the National Gallery. Mrs. Obama said she felt overwhelmed, since no one in her family has ever had their portrait painted, and certainly not one that will be on display in the National Gallery.

Sherald’s one-woman show is scheduled to open May 11, and will be running through August 19, at the Contemporary Art Museum on Washington Boulevard.

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