A lot has been made of the official portrait of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley:
You've probably heard a lot of opinions about the flowery background, the expression on Obama's face, the "hidden sperm" controversy (to me, it's neither provable nor disprovable), and how Wiley may not actually paint the paintings, even though he takes credit for them.
You've probably also heard about the other works by Wiley, which include paintings of a black woman holding a decapitated white woman's head:
It's barely worth mentioning what would happen if the races were reversed in the case, as such examples are so numerous and so obvious, and have been for a long time.
Kathy Griffin got into big trouble for a similar "work of art," but it's doubtful that Wiley will end up in similar hot water.
What nobody seems to have mentioned so far is how Amy Sherald whitened her official portrait of Michelle Obama, to the point where she is unrecognizable:
Sherald has given Michelle a narrower nose and less prognathous face. She has also made Michelle's eyes less close set, though that trait is less a function of race. For purposes of comparison, here's the real Michelle:
Amy Sherald herself is light-skinned --
-- and historically, light-skinned blacks have often had a sometimes querulous relationship with their darker-skinned brethren. That Sherald effectively made Michelle Obama look as if she would pass the brown paper bag test in her official portrait is telling.
What does that say about Sherald's attitudes toward beauty and attractiveness? And how badly would a white artist have been excoriated for making those changes?