The writer and visual artist Elise R. Peterson’s series #blackfolk epitomises everything that I love about the Internet and contemporary art. Dance by Matisse just so happens to be one of my all time favourite paintings. And Grace Jones has got to be one of my all time favourite human beings. So combining the two??? Not only is the result aesthetically pleasing, it also adds layers of political commentary, questioning the authority of the modernist white, male geniuses that have been placed on pedestals by (white, male) art historians. Not that Matisse wasn’t a genius… but his pedestal is definitely worth questioning or at least sharing with a long list of black artists that never got the chance to exist and thrive in the same artistic context as Matisse, for instance. I could literally go on forever so instead let’s just look at Prince posing next to one of Matisse’s many muses.
All images are from http://www.eliserpeterson.com/