"There is another level of “knowing” that occurs when you take the time to paint the likeness of someone.
When this opportunity presented itself, I don’t think I even fully understood what taking that time would do. What it would allow me to see and transcribe. @barackobama is, in many ways, all of us. The distance between us was lessened through the act of making this painting... and I needed to be reminded of that now more than ever."—Jordan Casteel
Head over to theatlantic.com to see a portrait of Barack Obama painted by Jordan Casteel to accompany a new interview with President Obama. Casteel's solo show at the New Museum continues through January 3, 2021.
Image: Jordan Casteel “Barack,” 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 x 45”. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo of painting: @david_schulze_studio
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