Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas, Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les trois Femmes Noires, 2010, C-print, 47 x 58 inches (paper), 52 x 63 x 2.25 inches (framed), Edition of 5

Mickalene Thomas, Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2009, rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel, 120 x 288 x 2 inches

Mickalene Thomas, This Girl Could be Dangerous, 2007, rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel, 84 x 72 inches

Images and text via Lehmann Maupin, New York.

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics.  Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power.  Reminiscent of 70s style Blaxploitation, the subjects in Thomas’ paintings radiate sexuality. Women in provocative poses sprawl across the picture plane and are surrounded by kitschy decorative patterns inspired by her childhood.

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