crush of the week: mickalene thomas

“my work is about presenting beauty and the black body…and sort of…reclaiming these spaces and saying that once you put them out there, you’ll see me and therefore i exist.”

mickalene thomas is baaaaad. a new york based artist who infuses rhinestones, acrylic and enamel in her artwork, much of her art is a visual playground.  mickalene’s “better days” environment piece for art basel was a triumph of african textiles and 1970s swag.  check out mickalene’s in the studio feature for artsy and the video below:


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