September 1 to December 31, 2018
Artist Amy Sherald gained public attention in early 2018 when her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama was revealed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This free, focus exhibition will feature a selection of paintings by Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist who creates portraits of everyday African Americans she meets during the course of her day: on the street, in the grocery store, on the bus. Sherald is able to capture the essence of her subjects while depicting them in a vibrant, and sometimes fantastical, style. Don’t miss your chance to see these exciting works.
Amy Sherald was organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director. The exhibition and catalogue are presented by Jane and Bob Clark. Additional support is provided by Nancy and David Frej and Ann Ruwitch and John Fox Arnold.
Exhibition sponsored by Esther Silver-Parker and Sharon and Charles Killian.
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Amy Sherald, Mother and Child, 2016, Oil on canvas 53 x 43 inches. Collection of Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Amy Sherald, The Bathers, 2015, Oil on canvas, 72 x 67 inches. Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Amy Sherald, What’s precious inside of him does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence (All American), 2017, Oil on canvas, 54 x 43 inches. Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.