May 4, 2012

Category: Fly-aspora


Bawse. Sharp. Foine. Smart. Mahogany. Awkward. Classy. Regal. Erotic. Heard. Loud & Clear. Honey. Sho Nuff. Soft. Sexy. Hard. Foxy. Brown. These are Mickalene’s queens. Shoot, let’s keep it real, these are OUR Queens. Our mamas, our aunties, our sisters, our homegirls, our teachers, our grandmas. us. Crown high. Roots–deep & low. Bout it.

“Rumble” (from the “Brawling Spitfire Wrestling” series); 2005

Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her photographs and her elaborate paintings, which are usually composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Mickalene presents an unfiltered, nuanced and complicated vision of Black women, which challenges common definitions of beauty, sensuality and femininity. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.


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“Miss Collette,” c. 2009

Currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Mickalene’s “Origin of the Universe” is an all-new suite of works that examine aspects of landscape painting. Of course “landscape” from Mickalene’s point of view is not your typical corn fields. Expect something more complicated, erotic and provocative.

"Origin of the Universe 1," c. 2012

And more recently, dream hampton made visible what surely ain’t too often seen on BET or MTV when she directed the video for Thee Satisfaction’s beautifully tight-grooved “Queens” using Mickalene’s work as her inspiration and muse.




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3 Responses to “FLYASPORA: QUEENSComment RSS feed

  • Fanon Che Wilkins
    May 5th, 2012 9:46 am


  • Beverly sheftall
    May 5th, 2012 11:58 pm

    Love your work

  • Skyla
    May 9th, 2012 4:26 pm

    Yo! Nicole, I attended a Talk last month (I think) with Mickalene and Naomi Braithwaite at the AIC, which was “tight” but Mickalene’s work was A-friggin-MAZING! A few of these images, but different versions were discussed. I would LOVE to see Mickalene elswhere so that she could really express herself and her work…she did “cut” up a little but after all it was the Art Institute…

    I would love to have some of her works in my home. I love how she celebrates the Black female body. Absolutely phenomenal!