Mickalene Thomas, ‘Portrait of Lovely Six Foota # 1’, 2009, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Mickalene Thomas’s iconic style features rhinestones, glamourous women, and visual references to blaxsploitation culture of the 1970s, examining (and re-examining) ideals of feminine beauty. This print was made specially by the artist to benefit the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where she had a major exhibition in 2012.

The prints are signed and numbered by the
artist, and include a provenance stamp and
certificate of authenticity.

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education and community programs

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