“I paint because I am looking for versions of  myself in art history and in the world.” That Amy Sherald’s new blockbuster solo exhibition, the heart of the matter…, on view now through Ocotber 26 at Hauser & Wirth in NYC, kicks off with this quote from the artist, feels significant. Sherald has become one of the leading portrait artists in contemporary art, not only bolstered by her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, but her abitliy to recontextualize race in American portraiture. 

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