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Mickalene Thomas, ‘Clarivel #1’, 2014, Phillips
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Clarivel #1, 2014

Color photograph and paper collage on archival board
12 × 9 3/5 in
30.5 × 24.4 cm
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From the Specialists:
Mickalene Thomas’s multi-media portraits explore the contemporary female, …

From the Specialists:
Mickalene Thomas’s multi-media portraits explore the contemporary female, often infused with art historical references. In Clarivel #1, Thomas reduces the portrait form to blocks of color and geometric shapes, interspersed within a photograph of a woman, harkening back to the Cubist styles of …

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Mixed Media
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Signed, titled and dated "Clarivel #1, 2014 M. Thomas" on the reverse, framed.
Mickalene Thomas
American, b. 1971
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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.

Mickalene Thomas, ‘Clarivel #1’, 2014, Phillips
Mickalene Thomas, ‘Clarivel #1’, 2014, Phillips
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About the work
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From the Specialists:
Mickalene Thomas’s multi-media portraits explore the contemporary female, …

From the Specialists:
Mickalene Thomas’s multi-media portraits explore the contemporary female, often infused with art historical references. In Clarivel #1, Thomas reduces the portrait form to blocks of color and geometric shapes, interspersed within a photograph of a woman, harkening back to the Cubist styles of …

Medium
Mixed Media
Signature
Signed, titled and dated "Clarivel #1, 2014 M. Thomas" on the reverse, framed.
Mickalene Thomas
American, b. 1971
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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.

Clarivel #1, 2014

Color photograph and paper collage on archival board
12 × 9 3/5 in
30.5 × 24.4 cm
Bidding closed
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