Thomas's striking silk-screen portrait, titled "Michelle O," was a nod to Andy Warhol's earlier portrait of former First Lady Jackie O (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) who was known for her youthfulness and elegance. The exhibit opens Wednesday (January 18) with a lecture at 6:30 p.m. and a reception from 7:30 to 9. A suite of Mickalene Thomas's lush, glittering photos and paintings of women went on display at the Newcomb Art Museum on the Tulane University campus on Wednesday evening (January 18). A blog focused on visual art from a Black perspective, Culture Type explores the intersection of art, history, and culture. Thomas’s practice is defined by her powerful portrayals of black women, which capitalize on their natural beauty. The pale blue background of Thomas's print was based on one of Mrs. Obama's dresses, she said. Now that would be art historical!” CT. SUPPORT CULTURE TYPE Do you enjoy and value Culture Type? ©2020 Verizon Media. She wanted to mark the historic moment of the first African-American president on behalf of the school kids, but there were already "a lot of images focused on Mr. Obama at the time," she said. Artist Mickalene Thomas discusses Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune Published Jan 19, 2017 at 5:20 am | Updated Jul 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm Thomas said that Solange's mother Tina Knowles had previously purchased some of her artworks, which made Solange aware of her style. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! She doesn’t abandon her signature flair, however, using Democratic blue to inject a pop of color and embellishing the black elements with glitter. The stunning artwork is heading to auction as part of Paddle8’s “Prints and Multiples” sale, which runs online until Nov.17. From the moment she entered the national spotlight, Obama has been a history maker and a cultural icon. — Mickalene Thomas, Artphaire, Thomas further confided: “I would love to do another painting of her, a real painting where I can actually sit down and talk to her. More often than not, she embellishes the works with a bit of sparkle, giving them an added lift, amplifying their allure. Receive newsletter and notification of new posts via email. 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The iconic image was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. For more information, visit the Newcomb Art Museum website. To help sustain it, make a one-time donation or sign up for a recurring monthly contribution. And, of course, whether or not we would be blessed with Michelle Obama as our FLOTUS. “Michelle O” is expected to sell for between $5,000 and $7,000. 2. Do you enjoy and value Culture Type? Culture Type® is also an affiliate of Bookshop.org, whose mission is to financially support local, independent bookstores. The museum is located on the Willow Street side of the Tulane University campus near the Audubon Boulevard entrance. Here's Your Chance To Buy The First Portrait Of Michelle Obama As FLOTUS, Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York and Hong Kong. She painted First Lady Michelle Obama’s first individual portrait in 2008; the painting, titled Michelle O, subsequently went on view at the National Portrait Gallery. However, it’s perfectly fitting that the first individual portrait of the First Lady was created by none other than Mickalene Thomas, who has long celebrated the magic of black women in her work. TODAY IS FIRST LADY OBAMA’s 51st birthday. “When I was first approached to work on the portrait of Michelle Obama, it was at the height of Obama’s inauguration, and I could already see that Michelle was quickly becoming a major figure of both and power,” Thomas explained in an interview with Broadly. Unfortunately, it is not a part of the current exhibit. Over the course of her time in office, Michelle has been depicted in all her beauty, strength and fierceness by artists including Elizabeth Peyton and J.Muse. Titled “Michelle O,” the 2008 Pop art-style screen print is a nod to Andy Warhol’s vision of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (also known as “Jackie O”). It only takes a minute. She painted portraits of Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey before see immortalized Obama. All Rights Reserved. Thomas's depiction has become a part of history. To help sustain it, make a one-time donation or sign up for a recurring monthly contribution. In its simplicity and visceral power, the print captures not just the image of a person, but the spirit of an icon. When you make any purchase from Amazon, and the many independent vendors, small businesses, and booksellers that partner with Amazon, via a link from this site, Culture Type receives a minute percentage of its price. Many Thanks for Your Support. Thomas, inspired by Warhol’s 1960s screen prints of celebrities, superstars and other revered idols, used a similarly piercing style between figuration and abstraction to depict Michelle. All rights reserved. 3. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. 1. Mickalene Thomas enshrines black female beauty in portraits of Michelle Obama and Naomi Campbell and creates museum installations aimed at inclusion. It only takes a minute. It’s hard to believe that just eight years ago, America was waiting with similarly bated breath to find out whether or not a certain senator from Illinois would become the next president of the United States.

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