Amy Sherald. Photo: Justin T. Gellerson / New York Times.

Amy Sherald, Who Painted Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait, Is now Represented by Hauser & Wirth

Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who painted former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait, will be represented by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, reports Alex Greenberger of Artnews. Sherald’s painting currently hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, along with Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of Barack Obama.

“I was invited to [Sherald’s] studio last year and was blown away by what I saw on that first visit—an art completely unique in its expression, within a genre that could not be more classical,” said Marc Payot, a Hauser & Wirth partner and the gallery's president. “I have never seen portraits painted like this. I believe the singularity of Amy’s approach is in itself a major achievement.”

Her first show with Hauser & Wirth will open next year at the gallery’s New York space. Sherald’s first museum exhibition, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, will open on May 11 and run until August 19.