Mickalene Thomas challenges Manet’s “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe” !

“History removed them from the conversation,” she says. Thomas decided to restart that conversation, placing black women in the same poses as some of western art’s most famous works. In 2010, for instance, she took on Manet’s “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe”, noted for its nude woman alongside clothed men, with a painting of three self-assured — and fully dressed — black women.




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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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