Mickalene Thomas, ‘Left Behind 2 Again’, 2014, Heritage Auctions
Mickalene Thomas, ‘Left Behind 2 Again’, 2014, Heritage Auctions
Mickalene Thomas, ‘Left Behind 2 Again’, 2014, Heritage Auctions

Dimensions: 41 x 62-1/2 inches (104.1 x 158.8 cm) (image) 44 x 65-1/4 inches (111.7 x 167 cm) (sheet)

Unframed.

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Known for her elaborately composed works, Mickalene Thomas examines the interplay of female identity, race and sexuality. Here, the artist emphasizes the notion of female beauty, race, and culture through use of vivid colors, patterns, and mediums.

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Signature: Signed, dated, and numbered in lower margin

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Tandem Press, Madison

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