From bronze busts to intimate drawings of shadowy figures, the human form is the focus of Body of Work, the current rotation of art from the modern and contemporary collections.
Included in the mix is Mickalene Thomas’s 2014 collage Left Behind 2 Again. You’re first hit with a Foxy Brown impression, then as you look closer and longer, you might see inspiration from Henri Matisse, Romare Bearden, and contemporary pop references. In this work, she explores the interplay of race, female beauty, and identity, making beautiful use of patterns, color, and textures.
Thomas has said of her intent: “From my experiences in Western art history, when you see images of black women, they’re generally depicted in positions of servitude or looked at through an anthropological perspective—I was interested in whether I could change those perspectives with the art that I made.”
Body of Work is on view through April 29, 2018.
Learn more about Mickalene Thomas in this Vogue video.
Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971)
Left Behind 2 Again, 2014
Relief, intaglio, lithography, digital printing, collage, enamel paint
Purchase, 2014 (2014-39-01)