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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

The New York Times


New York Times
March 30, 2012

In Nod to Past, MTV Revives ‘Art Breaks’
By Melena Ryzik

In its never-ending quest to reach young viewers, MTV is going back to the past, and to a generation weaned on its early videos. The network announced Friday that it is reviving “Art Breaks,” a pioneering 1985 series that broadcast TV spots created by a vanguard of downtown artists.

In its original incarnation, the series included work by Keith Haring, Doug Aitken, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and Richard Prince. The new “Art Breaks,” to begin on April 2, will feature videos by emerging artists like Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica, and Mads Lynnerup. In a first, the artists, most of whom are in their 30s, were selected and commissioned through a partnership with MoMA PS1 and the arts organization Creative Time. The program will debut on MTV and MTV.com and have a dedicated Tumblr site at Artbreaks.MTV.com. Ms. Thomas’s video, titled “Ain’t I a Woman Portraits,” will begin the series on Monday; a preview is above.

In a statement, Klaus Biesenbach, the director of MoMA PS1, praised the collaboration as a way for “a younger generation of artists to experiment beyond the walls of the museum and onto the screens of a broad, international audience.” And Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, said the series was the kind of creative, boundary-pushing imagery that is part of the DNA of the network.

“Going back and seeing the stuff in ’85, it was a big part of the inspiration of why we wanted to do it again and reinvent it for this audience,” he said in an interview. “We hope that 27 years later, people will be talking about Rashaad or Tala Madani in the same way we’re talking about Richard Prince and Basquiat.”??
In his MTV video, Basquiat, the graffiti artist who died in 1988, is shown sketching in a jump cut of cool friends; he seems decades ahead of his time. Mr. Prince, the wry appropriation artist, riffs on the tagline of another popular commercial of the era, for American Express: “Art and MTV – hey, don’t stay home without them,” he says.

Like the earlier “Art Breaks,” the new videos are typically less than 30 seconds long, and will appear between commercials and programming. Mr. Newsome, a New Orleans-born artist based in New York, created a piece that continues his “Swag” series, which blends contemporary hip-hop and European heraldry, a natural fit for the channel. Ms. Madani, a painter originally from Tehran now living in Los Angeles, contributed a wordless animation. Ms. Thomas’s video zooms in on a woman with an Afro and a vintage jumpsuit, against a lo-fi soundtrack of clapping. Shot on Super 8 film, it toggles between color and black-and-white, and has a distinctly retro vibe.

Ms. Thomas, who experimented with a Super 8 iPhone app before filming, said she was inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests. (Warhol also had a show called “15 Minutes” that appeared on MTV in 1987.) “I wanted this old, grainy kind of timeless look to it,” she said. “I like that rawness of film, of holding on to ideas and nostalgia in a way. I just thought it was what my aesthetic is.” She admitted to not being much of an MTV viewer or pop culture savant these days.

“I just learned recently who Nicki Minaj is,” she said. “I thought wow, she’s really cool and interesting.”

But, she added, she was still eager to be affiliated with the network. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity for me as an artist,” she said. “Just to be able to say, I did a project with MTV — who wouldn’t want to rub shoulders with me on that end?”

“Art Breaks” will continue throughout the year, with a new set of five artists announced this summer, Mr. Friedman said. For the network, it is another step in capturing the attention of slippery young viewers, and that has sometimes meant resurrecting programs decades old (like “Beavis and Butt-Head” and “120 Minutes”).

“We’ve been through this process, for the last three years, of re-inventing MTV for the millennial generation,” he said. “How do you re-invent this brand? What we know from our audience is the bar is raised in terms of a demand for visually interesting and surprising narrative and content.”

The “Art Breaks” videos, several of which are entirely silent, may be different enough to stand out.

“What I love about them is the deep layered quality that will take multiple views to really begin to dissect,” Mr. Friedman said. “What are they saying? What are the meanings and questions coming out of this art? You’re not going to get a coherent or linear narrative out of them, and I think that will intrigue our audience. Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping for.”