CULTURE & ARTS
03/09/2013 09:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Women's History Month Artists: Celebrating WHM With Mickalene Thomas As The Jack Of Diamonds

HuffPost Arts&Culture is celebrating Women's History Month with the help of our favorite artists -- female artists, of course. Every day of March we're rolling out a new key player in the art world with a playing card... Get it? Print them out for your own amazing (although probably a bit flimsy) card deck or use them to stay fresh on your favorite women in art.

JACK OF DIAMONDS

mickalene thomas card

WHO: Mickalene Thomas

WHAT: Thomas paints popping portraits of powerful black women, incorporating fashion, accessories, makeup and domestic interiors into their collaged selves. With her varied portrayals of naked women, Thomas subverts the trope of the "male gaze," suggesting women too can gain pleasure from the female nude form.

WHERE: Thomas' work is on display at the ICA Boston until April 7.

WHY: We can't get enough of Thomas' "The Origin of the Universe," a riff on Courbet's scandalous crotch-shot reworked with Swarovski crystals.

See more of our playing cards in the slideshow below:

PHOTO GALLERY
Women's History Month Artists
CONVERSATIONS