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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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Loop 21
October 18, 2011

Artist Mickalene Thomas Immortalizes Bold and Beautiful Women
By Una-Kariim A. Cross

This mixed media exhibit incorporates photos, drawings and collages

The work of Mickalene Thomas uses color, pattern, and multiplicity to reverberate into the universe. Her photographs, drawings, and collages of women bellow beyond the walls of Lehmann Maupin’s Chrystie Street gallery in New York where her exhibition “More Than Everything” is currently on view through October 29th.

Poignant and powerful large scale portraits challenge mass media’s representation of femininity and beauty. Ms. Thomas’ models, including her own mother, come in all sizes and range in skin tones defying the notion that beauty is most often blonde, thin, and demure. The female gaze in her work is confident whether the subject is regarding the viewer or herself.

The women in Ms. Thomas’ work are shown as serious and playful, sensual and sexual, not afraid to love themselves or other women. Her large scale paintings (not in this exhibition) and her current collages serve to quiet the voices and images that have often denied women, specifically of the African Diaspora, a more full-bodied representation. Ms. Thomas positions women as nuanced, complex, and beautiful, statuesque and worthy of regard. While Ms. Thomas is often known for her large scale, rhinestone, and colorful paintings, many of the images in this work are small and intimate, beckoning (or daring) viewers to come closer.

In a recent interview, Ms. Thomas speaks of her recent travels and the intimacy of her work.

Loop 21: Describe your primary influences for the work that is in your current exhibition "More Than Everything."

Mickalene Thomas: For the work included in “More Than Everything,” I decided that I wanted to focus on smaller, more intimate works on paper. From the beginning, as I conceptualized the show with my gallery, I knew that I would want to present a large number of collages in a salon-style hanging. Because Lehmann Maupin’s space at 201 Chrystie is so large, almost cavernous, my interest was in how I could both work 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.

The small collages in the salon-style groupings work perfectly for this; they invite the viewer into what might otherwise be an overwhelming space and demand focused attention to their detail and personal scale. As I thought more about the salon style of hanging and as I worked on the conceptual groundwork for my upcoming shows at Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, it became clear to me that I wanted to explore this historical theme with my show More Than Everything. As I thought about what size and type of works would complement the clusters of collages, it occurred to me that I wanted to include large-format Polaroid’s, framed in such a manner as to recall the earliest daguerreotypes that were a direct influence to artists such as Courbet.

Loop 21: The black woman is most often central to your work from your paintings to your collages; the subject's gaze (whether she is staring at the viewer or at herself in the mirror) display confidence. Additionally, you intentionally work with women of all body types and skin complexions; can you talk a bit about why this important to you as an artist, as a woman?

Thomas: Most of the women I work with are friends and family members. My mother has been one of the main subjects of my work since 2001. I started working with her as my model for a photography class I was taking at Yale. Over the past few years, I have started to include women I have met through friends as well as casting women from agencies or Craigslist. Some women I have worked with for many years while others I have only worked with once or twice. One of the things I look for in a woman is a unique and sometimes unexpected interpretation of what it means to be a woman. I enjoy watching powerful women walk into a room and own it! It’s a privilege and honor for me to photograph powerful women that possess their own particular strength and charisma.

Loop 21: You recently returned from Giverny, France where you were for the Versaille Foundation Munn Artist program; explain what it was like for you to create in this space vs. your studio space in New York.

Thomas: Making work in Giverny was amazing. This past summer allowed me an incredible amount of solitude and quiet. I was able to focus without all of the personal and private obligations/distractions that are here for me in New York. The countryside and buildings of Giverny were also a great influence on the work. 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. The sheer beauty or the setting is inspiring in itself and I think that all of that time gave me the chance to try out some completely new ideas that I’m still not sure where they’ll take me!

Loop 21: What's coming up/next for you that you are most excited about?

Thomas: Right now I am preparing for my solo show at Santa Monica Museum of Art which will open April 13th, 2012, a solo show with Brooklyn Museum of Art which will open September 28th, 2012, and my next show with Lehmann Maupin, also opening October 4th, 2012 which will be very different from this current show!