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Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, a professor of history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, describes novelist Toni Morrison as “one of the most important American writers” of the last century. Shaw says Morisson’s work was “deeply impactful” for American culture and “black writers and artists” in general. Admirers who came to look at the portrait of the Nobel laureate at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington pay tribute to her “really powerful” work.

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Exhibit explores Michael Jackson as artists’ inspiration

A new art exhibit in London depicts Michael Jackson as a savior, a saint, an entertainer, an icon, a monarch, a mask and a mystery. The National Portrait Gallery show explores the way contemporary artists have been drawn to the late King of Pop. (June 27)

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Michael Jackson’s artistic legacy explored in London show

Michael Jackson’s legacy as a pop-culture and artistic icon is showcased at a new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. By morbid coincidence, ‘Michael Jackson: On The Wall’ opens to the public on Thursday 27th June, the day after news was announced that the star’s father, Joe Jackson, had died.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, April 18th: President Trump may exempt Japan from trade tariffs; Trump says a ‘good relationship was formed with Kim Jong Un; Cuba selects choice for president; Barbara Bush photo in National Portrait Gallery. ( April 18)

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Barbara Bush Honored With Photo in DC Museum

A photograph of former First Lady Barbara Bush was on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC following her death on Tuesday. (April 18)

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Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits are unveiled

Barack and Michelle Obama unveil their official portraits in a ceremony attended by family, former administration members and even celebrity friends like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Former president Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, will hang among those of his predecessors in the National Portrait Gallery’s “America’s Presidents” hall.

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The National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, painted by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. (Feb. 12)

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Obama’s portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

Barack Obama’s portrait by artist Kehinde Wiley is unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, a rite of passage for most former presidents, all of whom have their portraits hanging in the museum. IMAGES