Who is the boss? Former first lady Michelle Obama or former President Barack Obama?
The artist who painted the 44th president for the National Portrait Gallery may have an answer.
Kehinde Wiley hesitated at first when asked by The Associated Press this week at Art Basel Miami, but he eventually revealed: “I got a call and [Obama] said, ‘The first version that you made, I love it, but Michelle doesn’t.”
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Kehinde Wiley arrived at Creative Minds Talks during Art Basel on Monday in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
“I swear I wasn’t going to talk about this,” he added.
Turns out the former first lady thought the piece was missing some of Wiley’s signature style, he said.
Former first lady Michelle Obama may have rejected the first version of the official portrait of former President Barack Obama. (AP)
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“There’s something really great about stepping outside of yourself and creating history and creating legacy,” the artist added.
The finished work of art featured a 7-foot portrait of the former president sitting in a field of flowers,