Mickalene Thomas, ‘Lena Blanket’, 2013, Artware Editions
Mickalene Thomas, ‘Lena Blanket’, 2013, Artware Editions
Mickalene Thomas, ‘Lena Blanket’, 2013, Artware Editions

Special price for Artsy Collectors $950. Retail price $1,200. Dealing with themes of race, beauty, and sexuality, Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas has recently enjoyed a surge of interest, thanks in part to her acclaimed solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum last year and the recent premiere of her first film on HBO. Thomas teamed up with Pendleton Mills to create this limited edition blanket in her signature style.

Special price for Artsy Collectors $950. Retail price $1,200. Available only on Artsy through Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Produced in collaboration with Pendleton Mills, this limited edition blanket designed by Mickalene Thomas is the first in a series of four blankets the artist has designed exclusively for Artware Editions. Each design will feature a different female model with intricate braiding and other bold details that present a strong, graphic image. The reverse side of the blanket shows the same design in negative giving the blanket two distinct looks.

The blanket is a soft blend of wool and cotton and is perfect as a throw, a bed covering for a full or queen sized bed, or a wall hanging. A sewn-on, suede patch signed and numbered by the artist accompanies each blanket.

Ships from New York via UPS. Expected delivery time 2 to 3 days.

Signature: Signed and numbered on tag.

Manufacturer: Artware Editions

The Lena blanket was released in 2014 and has been featured in Elle Decor and Casa Vogue.

About Mickalene Thomas

In her texturally rich paintings, Mickalene Thomas examines the popular characterization of black female identity, celebrity, and sexuality. Crafted with acrylic, rhinestones, and enamel, the vibrant interwoven patterns adorning Thomas’ work are inspired by her childhood in the 1970s. Thomas chooses to depict powerful women such as her mother, celebrities, and iconic art-historical figures. In a 2010 photograph entitled Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Le Trois Femme Noires (2010), Thomas re-stages Édouard Manet’s famous image, substituting his painted figures for provocatively dressed black women. Such works demonstrate Thomas’s sustained interest in visualizing the black woman’s relationship both to art history and to contemporary culture at large.

American, b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey, based in New York, New York