Press Release  March 21, 2018

Hauser & Wirth Announce Exclusive Representation of Michelle Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald

Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, Photo by Justin T. Gellerson

Artist Amy Sherald

Based in Baltimore MD, Amy Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly portraits, often working from photographs of strangers she encounters on the streets. Drawing loosely upon the American Realist tradition, Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, welcoming viewers into a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and situating black heritage centrally in the story of American art. While her subjects are always African-American, Sherald renders their skin-tone exclusively in grisaille – an absence of color that directly challenges perceptions of black identity and seeks, in the artist’s words, ‘to exclude the idea of color as race.’ In compositions that are carefully controlled and meticulously considered, Sherald sets her subjects free.

Sherald was the first woman and first African-American ever to receive first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; in February 2018, the museum unveiled her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Sherald has also received the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA, and is the second recipient in 2018 of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Pollock Prize for Creativity. In May 2018, she will present a solo exhibition of her portraits at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis MO. Hauser & Wirth will hold its first exhibition with Sherald in New York in 2019.

Subscribe to our free e-letter!

Webform

Latest News

The Artworks Selected by the Bidens for the White House
Here’s a look at some of the works that President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr.…
The Met and Verizon Launch Interactive Virtual Art Experience
New York—The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon launched The Met Unframed, …
In Defense of Neoclassicism
Despite its ugly political connotation acquired in the decades that followed…
Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America
The exhibition brings together works that address black grief as a national…
The History of the Heart Shape
Widely recognized as a symbol for love and affection, the heart shape has…