Michelle O, 2008 - Mickalene Thomas

About the Work

About Michelle O

Mickalene Thomas immortalizes First Lady Michelle Obama in Michelle O, playing on Andy Warhol's screenprints of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In this representation of Obama, the first African-American first lady, Thomas is both recording a historical moment in ...

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Mickalene Thomas immortalizes First Lady Michelle Obama in Michelle O, playing on Andy Warhol's screenprints of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In this representation of Obama, the first African-American first lady, Thomas is both recording a historical moment in U.S. history and also painting an iconic portrait of a contemporary celebrity.

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About the Artist

About Mickalene Thomas

While "bling" is typically worn around the neck of musical icons such as Beyonce and Jay Z, the rhinestones and glitter of Mickalene Thomas's ...

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While "bling" is typically worn around the neck of musical icons such as Beyonce and Jay Z, the rhinestones and glitter of Mickalene Thomas's paintings are important to her complex exploration of womanhood and our definitions of beauty. Combining modern materials such as acrylic and enamel with art historical motifs and allusions to predecessors like Manet and Matisse, Thomas creates magnetic portraits of strong, powerful women that challenge traditional notions of beauty, gender, and race.

The success of Thomas' balance of the iconic and contemporary was evident to anyone strolling by New York's Museum of Modern Art, where a large painting by Thomas titled Le Déjeuner Sur L'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, referencing Manet's famous work, bedecked the façade next to the museum's acclaimed restaurant, The Modern.

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Michelle O, 2008

Mickalene Thomas

Print

Offered in partnership with:

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Description

Screenprint in color on Rives, BFK.

Authentication

Signed by the artist.

Dimensions

This work is framed. The quoted dimensions are for the print size. The frame size is 35" x 27.5."

Shipping

Ships in 10 to 14 business days.
This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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