Black is Beautiful, 2017
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Inkjet print on paper

14.00 x 11.00 in

35.6 x 27.9 cm

Edition of 100

This work is signed and numbered by the artist.

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14.00 x 11.00 in

35.6 x 27.9 cm

Edition of 100


    About The Work

    Mickalene Thomas explores the intersection of popular culture and art history, through a contemporary Black female gaze. As an openly gay Black woman, sexuality and race are essential themes in Thomas' practice.

    Thomas frequently creates portraits of black women. Her subjects, or muses, emanate an air of confidence or nonchalance and are often surrounded by abstract or patterned elements from an array of sources and eras. Elements of Blaxploitation, Pop Art, Cubism, Dadaism, and even Renaissance art appear in her work. 

    Thomas subverts both art history and contemporary visual culture through her images of Black women. Their hair often remains natural, and their bodies are often exposed. They lounge, or pose, as women in art history have done for centuries. Only this time, it's Black women being celebrated for their culture and beauty. Furthermore, her subjects' gaze is usually directed towards the viewer, challenging the white male gaze and defying racial stereotypes of both subservience and objectification.

    This sensual and uplifting print epitomizes Thomas' style and the importance of collage in her practice. While the artist often portrays women from her family or social circle, the anonymous woman here is a reappropriated image from a 1970s pin-up called Jet: Beauties of the Month. (An offshoot of Jet Magazine, the calendar was advertised as the first "black is beautiful" publication of its kind).

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    About Mickalene Thomas

    From The Magazine

    • Published by Nazraeli Press, Netherlands. A copy of Mickalene Thomas' 2018 book, "Black is Beautiful" is included with this work.

    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 17.00" x 14.00".
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    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
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