11. Library

In the Studio with Mickalene Thomas
Mar 27, 2013 5:35PM

“I leave these out because most of the people that work for me have their own practice and I remember when I was working for an artist, one of the things that I treasured was their library. I used it as a sort of extra additional education for my practice. On my breaks I would read through the ArtForums and read through the copies of Art News [and other publications] that they had on their shelves. I wanted to provide that same thing for my assistants. Obviously they’re my books that I collect, but I didn’t want to just have them on my side [of the studio].”

“I always revisit David Hockney's Portraits*. And then I’d say [I look at] the Seydou Keïta [book]* a lot, and the Stuart Davis Catalogue Raisonné*. I started looking at him again for his flat plains of colors and shapes, which I incorporated into my paintings. I wanted to look at his body of work to see how he was doing it and see if there was anything I could sort of apply to my own paintings … which I did!”
In the Studio with Mickalene Thomas
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