Mar 21, 2018

Michelle Obama portraitist Amy Sherald is now represented by Hauser & Wirth.

The mega-gallery announced that it would represent the artist worldwide and present shows of her work across its multiple outposts, starting with an exhibition in New York in 2019. Sherald became something of a household name earlier this year when the National Portrait Gallery unveiled her official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Michelle’s husband, Barack. “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,” Hauser & Wirth said in a statement. The artist has been represented by Chicago’s Monique Meloche Gallery, and while Hauser & Wirth is now planning to represent Sherald globally and exclusively, a correction to a story inARTnews indicated that Monique Meloche will still work with the artist on some level.