Mon, 19 Nov 2018
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WASHINGTON - The National Portrait Gallery is unveiling portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley - an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Former President Barack Obama, right, and Artist Kehinde Wiley, left, unveil Obama';s official portrait at the Smithsonian';s National Portrait Gallery, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Washington.

The paintings were being unveiled Monday at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.

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