Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mickalene Thomas: Odalisques

With an established following for her sparkling paintings, Mickalene Thomas' "Dress Codes" at The International Center for Photography highlights a new dimension of the artist's work: photography. Initially the preliminary studies for her paintings the photos pay homage to the Blaxploitation era. Swathed in colors, fabrics, and prints the strong, black, female subjects of the "Odalisques" series depict the artist's reinterpretations of racial stereotypes. Stimulating viewers, the images are set against lavish backdrops inspired by the 1970's.

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