The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Unveils Official Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley

Roberts Projects is pleased to announce the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was revealed at a private ceremony at the museum on February 12th and joins the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Wiley’s painting will be permanently installed in the Portrait Gallery’s “America’s Presidents” exhibition on the museum’s second floor. Image:  Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.  The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia. © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. For additional information, please visit

Roberts & Tilton Announces Name Change to Roberts Projects

Julie and Bennett Roberts announce, as of January 1, 2018, Roberts & Tilton is now known as Roberts Projects. We are assuming this new name following the passing of our long-time partner and friend Jack Tilton. We are proud to have developed a seventeen+ year partnership that spans countless historically relevant exhibitions and an integrated gallery program of emerging artists as well as mid-career and renowned, international artists. Roberts Projects will continue this trajectory, and such the programing, artists and visionary nature of the gallery will remain the same.

Daniel Joseph Martinez
Participating In An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
August 17, 2017-

Through the lens of the Whitney’s collection, An Incomplete History of Protest looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day. Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration, the featured artists see their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. An Incomplete History of Protest is organized by David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection; Jennie Goldstein, assistant curator; and Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator; with David Kiehl, curator emeritus; and Margaret Kross, curatorial assistant. For additional information, please visit Audio commentary from Daniel Joseph Martinez Listen now.

Betye Saar
Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London
July 12 – October 22, 2017

Roberts & Tilton is pleased announce Betye Saar’s participation in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern. Spanning the period 1963-83, the exhibition explores how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the United States. Most of the works will be on display in the UK for the first time and the Tate Modern exhibition will shine a bright light on the vital contribution of black artists to a crucial period in American art.  Betye Saar will be represented with iconic historical assemblage works in addition to an abridged installation of her 1973 California State University, Los Angeles exhibition.  A fully illustrated catalogue published by Tate/D.A.P. accompanies the exhibition.  Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, with assistant curator Priyesh Mistry. Following its presentation at Tate Modern, the exhibition will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (February 2 – April 23, 2018) and the Brooklyn Museum, New York (September 7, 2018 – February 3, 2019).  Image (front/back): Betye Saar House of the Head, 1971, mixed media assemblage, 40 x 20 x 3 in (101.6 x 50.8 x 7.6 cm) Private Collection, Los Angeles, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. © Betye Saar. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. For additional information, please visit