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Elsewhere: Amy Sherald

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Amy Sherald
Left: A clear unspoken granted magic, 2017. Collection of Denise & Gary Gardner, Chicago 
Right: What's precious inside of him does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence (All American), 2017. Private collection, Chicago
Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago


Amy Sherald
May 11–August 19, 2018
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Amy Sherald, the artist who recently made the official portrait of Michelle Obama, opens an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis that will feature portrait paintings of African Americans whom the artist encounters throughout her day. Her subjects are painted in gray scale and set against color-field backdrops, and are often adorned with modern yet nostalgic props and costumes. An extension of American realism, Sherald sees her art making as capturing depictions free from the restrictions of our dominant historical narratives. Sherald previously had work at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the exhibition Fictions (2017–18).