A Little Taste Outside of Love
On View: North Gallery
Inspired by images of iconic African American women, emblems of the black power movement, and her mother’s photographs from the 1970s, Mickalene Thomas creates monumental pictures that explore and challenge the representation and objectification of women, and black women in particular. Here she casts an African American woman as leading lady in an updated version of a longestablished 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 in art, attended by a black maidservant. Thomas also questions traditional notions of good taste through myriad clashing decorative patterns and the disco glitz of thousands of rhinestones, which refer to the artist’s own memories of growing up in the 1970s. “Oil painting was never satisfying to me,” she has said. “I always felt like I had to put something on it or it was never finished.”
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
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