Mickalene Thomas, Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe 1, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, Din, une très belle négresse #1 & #2, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, "Why Can’t We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over?", 2006
Mickalene Thomas, A Moment’s Pleasure Number 2, 2008
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Origin of the Universe, Thomas’s first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
Thomas’s production is informed by the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, still life, and the female nude. She combines careful borrowings from historical painting with contemporary popular culture, taking cues from such artists as Romare Bearden, Gustave Courbet, David Hockney, Édouard Manet, and Henri Matisse. In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture. (x)
If you live in or near San Francisco, be sure to try and make it out to SFMOMA to see their Cindy Sherman retrospective that closes on October 8th - only a few weeks left! We’ve heard great things about it, and think it’d be a perfect place to practice your Slow Art Day skills. Pictured above are two of our favorite Untitled Film Stills from her earlier years.
We definitely agree that our installation of Cindy Sherman would be a great place to practice your Slow Art Day skillz!
Leonora Carrington, Toro Bravo
Leonora Carrington, Forbidden Fruit, 1959
Leonora Carrington, Mexico City
Leonora Carrington, El Gato