Wed, Dec 12, 2012 - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
Times: 10am - 5pm daily. Open until 9pm Thursdays and Fridays. Closed Mondays.
Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
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Combining the genres of portraiture and domestic interior, Mickalene Thomas draws on art history and popular culture to create contemporary images of black female sexuality, beauty, and power. Meticulously composed of layers of bold patterns and bright blocks of color adorned with Swarovski rhinestones, the paintings are constructed through a rigorous three-part process. Thomas begins by constructing a tableau, posing a model, and taking a photograph. She then cuts up the photograph--fragmenting, deconstructing, and recontextualizing the interior space--and reassembles the image as a collage. Finally, she reproduces the collage, at a greatly expanded scale, in acrylic, oil, and enamel.