Yesterday, Barack and Michelle Obama came out of hiding to witness the unveiling of their bizarre presidential portraits that will hang alongside a number of classic portraits of former US Presidents and First Ladies in the Smithsonian Institute.
Former President Barack Obama’s portrait is featured in the center row, the third image from the left (not that we needed to point it out)…LOL!
For his presidential portrait, Barack Obama commissioned racist, gay artist, Kehinde Wiley, who has a penchant for creating images of black women holding severed heads of white women (see below).
Here are a couple of paintings Wiley created depicting hateful images of a black woman after beheading a white woman.
In 2012, NY Magazine published a story about Wiley:
A tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says. […]
That unabashed bombast has made Wiley a walking superlative: the most successful black artist since Basquiat, possibly the wealthiest painter of his generation, certainly the one who made his name earliest (he was 26 for his first major solo show), a gay man who has become the great painter of machismo for the swag era, a bootstrapper from South Central who talks like a Yale professor (much of the time), a genius self-promoter who’s managed to have it both ways in an art world that loves having its critical cake and eating the spectacle of it, too, and a crossover phenomenon who is at once the hip-hop world’s favorite fine artist (Spike Lee and LL Cool J own pieces) and the gallery world’s most popular hip-hop ambassador. Not to mention an all-around positive guy. h/t GP
Okay, we get that Barack Obama wanted to choose an artist who best represents his divisive legacy, but a closer look at the photo has many wondering what the six fingers on Barack Obama’s left hand mean?
Take a look for yourself, and see if you notice anything unusual. Does the number “6” represent a hidden message?
Here’s a closer look: