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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

New York Observer / Gallerist NY

June 20, 2014

Mickalene Thomas Delves Deeper Into Cubism, Collage
By: Andrew Russeth


Over the past decade, Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas, 43, has earned acclaim for her wide-ranging practice, which slices and dices early Modernism, African sculpture, textiles and, perhaps most famously, rhinestones, to make exuberant, ingenious paintings, particularly portraits of black women in lush, electric, richly patterned interiors. Her latest show, “Tête de Femme,” opens at Chelsea’s Lehmann Maupin gallery on June 26.


Your 2012 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum earned a rave review from Roberta Smith, the Times’ co-chief art critic, who is not easy to please. How did you react?


I didn’t actually hold the paper and read it. I had my partner sit and read it to me over breakfast and coffee, and I thought, “Okay, that makes me feel good,” but the first thing that came to mind was, “I’ve got a lot of work to do—I’ve got to get back into the studio and start thinking and making.”


In these new works, your faces are more abstract, more explicitly Cubist or Constructivist. What was the process for making them?


When people would come to my studio, I would sit around with them, and start making portraits just really quickly with the Color-aid and all of the scraps and stuff that I had on my collage table. It’s about these forms and these shapes that have created these sort of flat planes to make an image. I also really wanted to find a new way of bringing new techniques into my studio practice. There’s a lot of silkscreen, there’s a lot of spray painting.


There’s always a deep connection to art history in your work—what sort of things were you looking at this time?


I was thinking of masks, African masks, and also Picasso’s “Têtes de Femmes.” I’m always interested in how many different genres of artists I can respond to. I started thinking about Warhol, with the Interview magazines from the ’80s, with those Pop-y colors and angular shapes and how wild they were with the portraits—I truly love those covers.


It seems like there’s a new discussion taking place in the art world about the pressures facing women—the obstacles to success, the decision to have a child. You and your partner had a daughter two years ago. How did you make that decision, and how has that affected your work?


Making that decision to have a child was very difficult because the fear was, how am I going to be perceived by my peers and my gallery and all of this? How does my life change? The first thing people were asking was, “Does it affect your work?” And at the time, I was like, “No, no, no.” There was so much going on at that time. My mother was dying and then shortly after she died, there was the Brooklyn Museum show and two shows at Lehmann Maupin. In retrospect, with all of these things happening, there was just this sense of freedom, of being able to do and make whatever I want to make, and I think that’s where this work comes from, because it was this sense of, you know, life is short. That’s what my daughter has done for me—just that sort of joy and happiness of being in the moment and allowing your work to be those same moments. I’m very excited, I really don’t know how it’s going to be perceived by the world, but I don’t really care, and the thing is I really don’t care because I’m having fun making it.