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About Mickalene Thomas

In her texturally rich paintings, Mickalene Thomas examines the popular characterization of black female identity, celebrity, and sexuality. Crafted with acrylic, rhinestones, and enamel, the vibrant interwoven patterns adorning Thomas’ work are inspired by her childhood in the 1970s. Thomas chooses to depict powerful women such as her mother, celebrities, and iconic art-historical figures. In a 2010 photograph entitled Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Le Trois Femme Noires (2010), Thomas re-stages Édouard Manet’s famous image, substituting his painted figures for provocatively dressed black women. Such works demonstrate Thomas’s sustained interest in visualizing the black woman’s relationship both to art history and to contemporary culture at large.

American, b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?, MOCA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
2016
Repossession, Lehmann Maupin, New York
2016

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?, MOCA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Furry Tails, ArtStar, New York
2016
"BIG", Bill Hodges Gallery
2016
Repossession, Lehmann Maupin, New York
2016
2015
Chrissy's Top Picks, ArtStar, New York
2015
A Room of One's Own, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2015
Fifteen x Fifteen, Bill Hodges Gallery
2014
History, Bill Hodges Gallery
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