by Nicole R. Fleetwood, Michael Goodson, et al.
Presenting paintings of some of the artist’s key models and muses, I Can’t See You Without Me illuminates the work of Brooklyn painter Mickalene Thomas (born 1971). Culling from art history and popular culture, Thomas creates scintillating portraits that deconstruct the highly charged connections between sitter, artist, and viewer. Whether depicted as classically composed nineteenth-century odalisques, Afro-adorned vixens of blaxploitation films, or as a powerful maternal figure yearning for social mobility, the recurring models in Thomas’s compositions (almost exclusively women of color) convey a spirit of strength and self-confidence. Across this archetypal array, it is both its contradictions and kinships that make the black female body such fertile terrain for the artist’s ongoing investigations.
8.5 x 0.2 x 11.0 inches, 128 pages, Soft-cover.
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