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11th June 2024

Mickalene Thomas is “All About Love” in her new retrospective

Kehinde Wiley is renowned for his portraits of black male subjects in classical poses. Thomas, a contemporary art “luminary”, is doing likewise with black female subjects. Her paintings and collages show female subjects in provocative poses, surrounded by bold prints. Sometimes rhinestones are embedded in these pictures to emphasise their “libidinous content”. Says Thomas, “By portraying real women with their own unique history … I’m [diversifying] the representations of black women in art”.