"Something You Can Feel," Mickalene Thomas, 2008
Rhinestone, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panels
Year acquired: 2012
Why the experts think it’s important: “'Something You Can Feel' by Mickalene Thomas exemplifies her talent in creating uniquely evocative portraits of black women that subvert traditional notions of the African American body. The painting’s glitter, beading, sequins, and Swarovski rhinestones add texture and light that emphasize many of its details, such as its textile patterns reminiscent of the 1970s, the black outline of the woman's figure, the netting of her hat, etc. The tactile quality of the dazzling artwork is heightened by Thomas’s use of varnish that causes the entire painting to remind us of glossy photographs of the past.” -- Valerie J. Mercer, curator of African American art and department head of the GM Center for African American Art
Why we think it's important: Patterns and medium and serious style.