Exhibition at the Nathalie Obadia art gallery from September 25 2019 to November 16 2019, 3 Cloître - Saint - Merri street, Paris 4e, phone : 01.42.74.67.68, open from Moday to Saurday (11am - 7pm), admission free.
The new - yorker painter and photographer Mickalene Thomas celebrates the beauty of the African - American women towards her art work. For that exhibition she interests herself with the Jet magazine created in 1951 by John H Johnson she read during her childhood in the house of her parents or of her aunt. Jet proposes advices about fashion, beauty, entertainment and also gives a help to Afro - Americans mannequins for being known in spite of the fact that the fashion shows are forbidden at this time for them. Jet wants to underline the beauty of the women belonging to the African - American middle class towards the Weekly Beauty where the magazine prints pictures of students, secretaries wearing swimming costumes showing their bodies and their wills. These pictures constituted an alternative to PlayBoy magazine who published only White women pictures until the end of the 1970's. For making her paintings Mickalene Thomas chooses only the most bold pictures in Jet and scans them after she pixels some anatomic details and introduce a brush work for the fun. Jet holds a chronic between 1955 and 1968 dealing with the Civil Rights Movment. The Mickalene Thomas art work doesn't forget that by answering to one of the Donald Trump tweets. In July 2019 he gave the order to four democrat reprentatives African - American women to go out of United - States forgeting clearly that these four women were born on the United - States territory.