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Toronto

Mickalene Thomas (b.1971) is an American artist exploring the intersection of popular culture and art history, through a contemporary Black female gaze. As an openly gay Black woman, sexuality and race are essential themes in Thomas' practice.

Thomas' frequently creates portraits of black women. Her subjects, …

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Excellent condition.
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Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist on verso.
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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in consortium with the Benefit Print Project, New York.

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.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene ThomasSeattle Art Museum
0.10 RELOADED: Avantgarde 2018Galerie Sabine Knust | Knust Kunz Gallery Editions
2016
Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?MOCA
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Clarivel with Black Blouse and White Ribbon, 2016

Epson Inkjet print with HDR Ultrachrome inks
26 × 20 3/4 in
66 × 52.7 cm
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C
Caviar20
Toronto

Mickalene Thomas (b.1971) is an American artist exploring the intersection of popular culture and …

Medium
Condition
Excellent condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist on verso.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in consortium with the Benefit Print Project, New York.

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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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