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Mickalene Thomas: Femme au divan II

July 5 – August 31, 2014

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George Eastman House
Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman

June 20 – October 19, 2014

Artist Project

Mickalene Thomas
Decópolis: The Talent of Others

February 6 - 24, 2013
The Proposition, New York

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Mickalene Thomas

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Ocula

December 20, 2016

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Artomity

December 15, 2016

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What Happens When Artists Take Over an Upper East Side Mansion W Magazine

April 5 2016

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Mickalene Thomas on Muses, Models, and Mentors Interview Magazine

March 10 2016

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‘Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs’ and ‘Tête-à-Tête’What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week New York Times

February 11 2016

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Mickalene Thomas on Her Photographic Muses Vogue

February 6 2016

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Kindred spirits: Mickalene Thomas' collaborative photography at Aperture Wallpaper* Magazine

February 2 2016

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In Mickalene Thomas’s awe-inspiring portraits, a meaningful reflection of black women in art New York Times

January 29 2016

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Tour Mickalene Thomas's Brooklyn Townhouse Vogue

January 6 2016

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Panel Discussion including Mickalene Thomas Art Basel Miami Beach 2015

December 3 2015

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Mickalene Thomas Receives 2015 United States Artist Fellowship Award

November 10 2015

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Beautiful Photos Of Women Take On Stereotypes Through High Art Refinery29

November 4 2015

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The New York Times

July 18, 2014

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Time Out New York

July 7, 2014

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Interview Magazine

June 26, 2014

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Huffington Post

June 26, 2014

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New York Observer / Gallerist NY

June 20, 2014

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American Art

Spring 2014

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Vogue

February 17, 2014

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The New York Times

June 14, 2013

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Phaidon

June 13, 2013

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Whitewall

June 12, 2013

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Artspace

June 7, 2013

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Wallpaper* Brooklyn queen of bling Mickalene Thomas bedazzles with her rhinestone-studded canvases

June 2013

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ARTnews

April 2013

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Opening Ceremony

March 20, 2013

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Artforum

February 14, 2013

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ICA Boston Mickalene Thomas

December 12, 2012 - April 7, 2013

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ANP Quarterly

Vol 2 / No 7

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The Wall Street Journal

November 23, 2012

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The New Yorker

November 12, 2012

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Financial Times Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Brooklyn Museum, New York

November 7, 2012

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The New York Observer

November 5, 2012

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Artforum

November 2012

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Modern Painters

October 2012

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Brooklyn Museum, NY Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

28 September – 20 January 2012

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The New York Times

September 28, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal

September 27, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal

September 24, 2012

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The New York Times

September 21, 2012

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Time Out New York

September 13-19, 2012

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W Magazine

September 2012

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Vogue

September 2012

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New York Magazine

August 27, 2012

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Art Review

May 31, 2012

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Artinfo

May 15, 2012

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Huffington Post

April 25, 2012

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Los Angeles Times

April 21, 2012

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The New York Times

March 30, 2012

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Artforum

December 31, 2011

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Artforum

December 1, 2011

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Velvet Magazine

October 31, 2011

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The New York Times

October 20, 2011

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Loop 21

October 18, 2011

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The New Yorker

October 7, 2011

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The Village Voice

October 5, 2011

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Photograph Magazine

October 5, 2011

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Whitewall

September 29, 2011

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Artinfo

September 26, 2011

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Arude

September 13, 2011

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Modern Painters

August 31, 2011

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Paper

August 31, 2011

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Bomb

May 31, 2011

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Bomb Video Mickalene Thomas: Behind the Scenes

Summer 2011

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Life and Times

May 23, 2011

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Art in America

February 17, 2011

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Artnews

December 31, 2010

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NBC Washington

August 22, 2010

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A Sky Filled With Shooting Stars

July 29, 2010

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V Magazine In The Flesh

April 30, 2010

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New York Observer A Window on Art: Mickalene Thomas' Shiny Sex-Appeal Paintings

April 26, 2010

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Weltkunst

January 31, 2010

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NY Arts

August 31, 2009

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Time Out New York

April 23, 2009

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Artforum

April 20, 2009

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The New York Times

April 12, 2009

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Nylon

March 31, 2009

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Art + Auction In the Studio

February 28, 2009

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Bomb Number 107 / Spring 2009

February 28, 2009

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Wynwood

November 30, 2008

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Wound Issue 4 / Autumn 2008

September 30, 2008

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Trace

March 31, 2008

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Whitewall

December 31, 2007

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Modern Painters

November 30, 2007

What Happens When Artists Take Over an Upper East Side Mansion

W Magazine


By Stephanie Eckardt

 

For the installation "Be My Guest," artists like Mickalene Thomas went wild with color to transform a house the likes of which the staid neighborhood had never seen.

 

On a block steps away from Central Park, a prime luxury apartment spanning several beaux arts townhouses on E. 70th St. went unoccupied for several years before meeting its current tenants: Artworks by the likes of Mickalene Thomas, Misha Kahn, and Barbara Bloom. Now the site of an installation called “Be My Guest,” it’s the latest brainchild of Lisa Cohen, founder of Galerie magazine, and No Longer Empty, a nonprofit New York arts group that sets up art installations in unused spaces, usually in underserved areas like the Bronx.

 

Though it was a world away from their typical locations, an empty private residence on the Upper East Side is hard to refuse, so founders Manon Slome and Michael Steinberg got to work transforming it into an exploration of the meaning of “home.” Careful not to simply reproduce an interior, they chose to fill the space with artists who comment on domesticity, like Thomas, who constructs elaborate, ornately patterned sets where she photographs her mother, who’s also her muse. A number of those are mounted on the sumptuous, red walls of the living room, where a loaned leopard-print loveseat and a sofa painted by Ena Swansea are meant to match reality with aspiration.

 

The dining room, on the other hand, holds an installation called “Dream Home,” where the artist duo Ghost of a Dream (Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was) spent two weeks arranging $70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets into an enormous paneled wall unit, plus plates, portraits, a chandelier, and even a working clock. “The dream is the wealth a lottery card can bring you,” Steinberg explained. He added that in case the tickets didn’t pay out, there were additional treasures thanks to brands like Hermès, Puiforcat, and Saint-Louis, who loaned dishware for the cardboard-filled table. (The “piano” room, too, plays with expectations: Instead of an actual piano, there’s a rug by Bloom tracing the outline of an old Steinway.)
Go past a hallway with a cartoonish mirror that faces a fake mirror (by Kahn), and then a tree branched with found cutlery (by Jean Shin), and you’ll arrive at the master bedroom, an otherworldly installation by Teresa Diehl. True to its name—El Nido, “the nest” in Spanish—it’s a dream landscape come to life, featuring audio recordings and video of the birds in Diehl’s garden back in her native Florida. A heartbeat thumps overhead; feathers are glued to the floor; and shiny scrims of fishing line dipped in resin stretch up to the ceiling. There’s a bean bag, too, which visitors are encouraged to lie on.

 

As of April 18, entry is free, though only by appointment; the rest of the building is decidedly not abandoned.