I've Been Good to Me

I've Been Good to Me

2015

Mickalene Thomas

(American, b. 1971)

printer

Brand X

Mixed media collage with screenprint, mono and digital printing, leopard print paper, wood veneer, and silica flocking

Image: 130.5 x 103 cm (51 3/8 x 40 9/16 in.); Sheet: 143.5 x 114.3 cm (56 1/2 x 45 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2020.226

Edition: edition of 20 (4 AP, 4 RP, 2 PP, 1 BAT, 2 donation proofs to charity)

Impression: Reserved Proof (1 of 4)

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Mickalene Thomas’s interest in Jet and African American fashion publications was influenced by her mother, who dreamed of becoming a model herself.

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Mickalene Thomas uses collage to combine art historical and pop cultural references and question societal standards for Black femininity. Combining photography and printmaking, Thomas cultivates the aesthetic of publications such as Jet from the 1960s through 80s. This work features a woman who confidently adapts a pose from Impressionist painter Edouard Manet’s 1862 canvas Luncheon on the Grass. Each element of the collage was individually printed and hand assembled in a process that took over two years to complete.

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