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Mickalene Thomas, Din, une très belle négresse #2 (detail), 2012, rhinestone, acrylic paint and oil enamel on wood panel. From “Origin of the Universe,” the artist’s current show at the Brooklyn Museum. See the full painting here.
To get the big picture on Thomas’s eye-bending paintings—which riff on from art history, the Blaxploitation aesthetic, decorative motifs, and so much more—read Roberta Smith’s rave review in the New York Times. The artist “celebrates, decorates and really venerates the black female body by making it and its lavish surroundings bracingly tangible,” Smith writes. “She doesn’t so much depict a universal humanity as practically force it into the viewer’s place, where it implicates, illuminates and bedazzles.” Dazzling.
Private Collection, Boston, MA. Courtesy of the Artist, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Mickalene Thomas, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.