A Little Taste Outside of Love
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
Mickalene Thomas creates monumental pictures that explore and challenge the representation and objectification of women, and black women in particular. She draws inspiration from images of iconic African American women, emblems of the Black Power Movement, and her mother’s photographs from the 1970s. Here, she casts an African American woman as leading lady in an updated version of an established visual archetype—a sexualized female subject seemingly caught unaware as she reclines passively in her own beauty. In doing so, the artist turns the historic nude on its head and ousts the white European woman from the bed where she often lounges, attended by a black maidservant, in Western art.
Acrylic, enamel and rhinestones on wood panel
Overall: 108 x 144 in. (274.3 x 365.8 cm)
Other (Left section): 108 x 48 in. (274.3 x 121.9 cm)
Other (Center section): 108 x 48 in. (274.3 x 121.9 cm)
Other (Right section): 108 x 48 in. (274.3 x 121.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Giulia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund
© Mickalene Thomas
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Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971). A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007. Acrylic, enamel and rhinestones on wood panel, Overall: 108 x 144 in. (274.3 x 365.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Giulia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund, 2008.7a-c. © Mickalene Thomas
overall, 2008.7a-c_design_scan.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
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