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L'Ecole des Beaux Art...
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

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Artinfo
September 26, 2011

25 Questions for Artist Mickalene Thomas
By Artinfo

Name: Mickalene Thomas
Age: Age? That's just a number!
Occupation: Artist
City/Neighborhood: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

What project are you working on now?

Three solo exhibitions planned for 2012: Santa Monica Museum of Art in April, Brooklyn Museum of Art in September, and Lehmann Maupin's Chrystie Street location in October.

In your new show you're exhibiting your collages, which you began creating as preparatory studies for your paintings, for the first time. What made you decide to display them?

From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to present a large number of collages in a salon-style hanging. Lehmann Maupin's space at 201 Chrystie is so large and almost cavernous, and my interest was in how I could work both with and against the space, how to take advantage of those incredibly high walls and open space while simultaneously creating an intimate, personal feeling with the show. I decided to focus on my collages for this exhibition because I want people to know that I'm not just making rhinestone-covered paintings. There is another side to my work that doesn't get as much attention but is equally important and much more accessible than the large paintings.

Your show's display is modeled after the artistic salons of the early 19th century. Do you find yourself ever attending salons like that today? If so, where? (And how does one get an invitation?)

I wish! The closest to a salon that I get to participate in are the intimate dinners with other artists and writers that my wife and I host in our home. It's different than the traditional salons you're asking about — maybe we could get something like that together...

Your portrait of Michelle Obama was the first solo portrait ever done of the first lady. What was that process like?

Amazing. I decided to do the portrait before Obama had won the election because I could see that Michelle was already becoming a major icon of both style and power. I wanted to highlight and pay homage to that fact by creating a portrait of Michelle Obama based on the iconic portraits that Andy Warhol created of Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

This year, you were the artist in residence at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program in Giverny, France — Monet's old stomping grounds. Any plans to channel Monet in your work anytime soon?

He already worked his way into some of the collages included in "More Than Everything"! I had the opportunity to photograph Monet's home and, of course, gardens, and it was so exciting for me to contend with such picturesque images, finding a way to make them my own.

Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?

Mostly my travels — most recently, South Africa, Japan, France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Upstate New York!

What's the most indispensable item in your studio?

My chopsticks. I use them to apply the rhinestones to my paintings.

What's the last show that you saw?

Carmen McLeod at CRG Gallery

What's the last show that surprised you? Why?

The Manet show at Musee d'Orsay in Paris. It was surprising to me how small these incredibly iconic paintings are in real life. I know it's silly but they just seem so much larger in my imagination. That said, as soon as I left, they resumed their monumental sizes in my mind!

What's your favorite place to see art?

This seems a good place to give a shout-out to the Brooklyn Museum of Art; I can't think of another mainstream museum that shows more women or people of color. It's rare to find the usual or expected.

Do you collect anything?

Art. Mostly emerging artists but I also have works by Arlene Shechet, Henry Taylor, Malick Sidebe, Shinique Smith, Wangechi Mutu, Lisa Yuskavage, Barkley Hendricks, and my wife gave me a Matisse print for my 40th birthday.

What's the last artwork you purchased?

I just bought a small sculpture that I'm very excited about from Norm Paris's show, "The Wall Still Stands," at the Proposition Gallery.

What's the first artwork you ever sold?

The first painting I remember selling was "Panthera." I made it while I was in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the museum actually purchased it directly from me.

Do you make a living off your art?

Yes.

What's the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in a museum or gallery?

Well... it's not exactly something weird but I do have a great memory from Marina Abromivic's opening last year at MoMA. It was a really packed opening and I was waiting in line to move through one of her performance pieces — the one where you step through a doorway between a nude man and nude woman — when the line suddenly stopped moving. Being nosy, I went to the front of the line to check it out and found Chuck Close moving very slowly through the passage, clearly enjoying himself, while Jerry Saltz snapped pictures from the other side! The memory of this scene still brings a smile to my face!

What's your art-world pet peeve?

Triple-kissing. It's just confusing.

What's your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant?

Mostly, I head back to Brooklyn and straight to one of my three favorite restaurants: Diner, Marlow & Sons, or Roman's.

Do you have a gallery/museum-going routine?

No, I just try to go as often as I can and to not completely miss any of the shows that I really want to see.

What's the last great book you read?

I'm in the middle of Haruki Murakami's "Dance Dance Dance" right now and loving it.

What work of art do you wish you owned?

I would love to own an Alice Neel portrait.

What would you do to get it?

Wait until the time is right and an opportunity comes my way!

What international art destination do you most want to visit?

There are so many places I want to go. Top of the list right now: Marfa, Venice, and Berlin.

What under-appreciated artist, gallery, or work do you think people should know about?

Dani Leventhal is a great artist living and working in Brooklyn. She was included in PS1's "Greater New York" show in 2010 and I'm just waiting for everyone to catch on to her.

Who's your favorite living artist?

That's impossible for me to answer — all I can say is that I'm obsessed with David Hockney right now.

What are your hobbies?

Whenever I have the time for it, I like to garden (mostly just weeding), I love cooking, and I just got a new Vespa that I've been cruising around Brooklyn every chance I get. I also have ambitions to start practicing Tai Chi!