You Can See an Original Painting By Obama’s Portraitist Right Up the Road

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“Easter Realness #2” by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently selected to paint Barack Obama’s Smithsonian portrait, hangs inside of the Oak Park Public Library. | Courtesy Oak Park Public Library

A government’s purchase of artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in extravagance and waste. Consider the Oak Park Public Library’s 2004 purchase of a painting called “Easter Realness #2,” by the then-relatively unknown African American artist Kehinde Wiley for $16,000, according to a recent Wednesday Journal article.

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