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MICKALENE THOMAS
A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on pane...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Lovely Six Foota, 2007
c-print
48.3 x 59.3 inches
122.7 x 150...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Tamika Sur Une Chaise Longue, 2008
mixed media collage
6.5 x 8.25 in...

MICKALENE THOMAS
La Lecon d'amour, 2008
rhinestone and acrylic on panel
96 x 120 ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Sandra: She's a beauty, 2009
mounted c-print
45 x 30 inches
114.3 ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Mama Bush: (Your love keeps lifting me) higher and higher, 2009
rhinestone, acrylic ...

Mickalene Thomas, She's Come UnDone!
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26t...

Mickalene Thomas, She's Come UnDone!
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26t...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Don't forget about me (Keri), 2009
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel
...

MICKALENE THOMAS
A-E-I-O-U and Sometimes Y, 2009
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel

MICKALENE THOMAS: Something You Can Feel 
Installation view
La Conservera, Murcia,...

MICKALENE THOMAS: Something You Can Feel
Installation view
La Conservera, Murcia, Spain

MICKALENE THOMAS
Hudson River On My Mind, 2009
paper, photograph and tape
8.5 x 11.5 inches (p...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2010
rhinestone, acryli...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2010
c-print
47 ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Portrait of Mama Bush 1, 2010
rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel
...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Portrait of Mnonja, 2010
rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel
96 x ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Love's Been Good To Me #1, 2010
mixed media collage
1...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Left Behind, 2010
mixed media collage
4.5 x 6 inches

MICKALENE THOMAS
Three Graces: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2011
rhinestone, acrylic paint and o...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Show Me What You Got, 2011
mixed media collage
8.5 x 6.5 inches

MICKALENE THOMAS
Monet's Salle à Manger Jaune, 2011
mixed media collage
13.25 x 19....

MICKALENE THOMAS More Than Everything
Installation View 
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrys...

MICKALENE THOMAS More Than Everything
Installation View
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street,...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Courbet 3 (Sleep), 2011
polaroid
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 cm<...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Courbet 4 (Marie: Centered), 2011
polaroid
24 x 20 inches
61 ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Vertical View of Jardin d'Eau, 2012
rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on woo...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Interior: Monet's Blue Foyer, 2012
rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2012
rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel<...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Din Facing Forward, 2012
c-print
60 x 50 inches
152.4 x 127 cm
...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Qusuquzah Standing Sideways, 2012
c-print
60 x 48 inches
152....

MICKALENE THOMAS
Portrait of Sidra Sitting, 2012
c-print
48 x 60 inches
121.9 ...

MICKALENE THOMAS: Origin of the Universe
Installation view
Santa Monica Museum of Art, Sant...

MICKALENE THOMAS: Origin of the Universe 
Installation view
Santa Monica Museum of...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Polaroid Series #2, 2012
c-print
35.5 x 30.88 inches
90.2 x 7...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Polaroid Series #3, 2012
c-print
17.63 x 20.5 inches
44.8 x 5...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Polaroid Series #9, 2012
c-print
26.5 x 25.5 inches
67.3 x 64.8 cm

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Installation view
Brooklyn Museum, New York

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Installation view
Brooklyn Museum, New York
...

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Installation view
Brooklyn Museum, New York

MICKALENE THOMAS
Interior: Black Couch with Zebra Pillows, 2013
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on pan...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Hong Kong Landscape, 2013
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel
72...

MICKALENE THOMAS
I've Been Good To Me, 2013
rhinestone, acrylic and enamel on panel
108 x ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Hair Portrait #16, 2013
rhinestone and acrylic on panel
48 x 40 inch...

MICKALENE THOMAS: How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art
Installation view

MICKALENE THOMAS: How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art
Installation view

MICKALENE THOMAS: How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art
Installation view
Le...

MICKALENE THOMAS: How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art
Installation view

MICKALENE THOMAS: How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art
Installation view

MICKALENE THOMAS
Monet's Kitchen, 2014
rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood pan...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Hair Portrait #20, 2014
rhinestone and acrylic on 30 panels
60 x 450...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Clarivel #2, 2014
rhinestones, enamel, acrylic, oil paint, and glitter on w...

Mickalene Thomas: Tête de Femme
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th S...

Mickalene Thomas: Tête de Femme
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 2...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Untitled #2, 2014
enamel, acrylic, oil paint, glitter, rhinestones, oil pastel, dry ...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Untitled #8, 2014
enamel, acrylic, oil paint, glitter, rhinestones, oil pas...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Untitled #10, 2014
acrylic, oil paint, glitter, rhinestones, oil pastel, dr...

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-a-tête
Installation view
Aperture Fo...

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-a-tête
Installation view
Aperture Fo...

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-a-tête
Installation view
Aperture Fo...

MICKALENE THOMAS
Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
Installation view
Aspen Art Museum

MICKALENE THOMAS
Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
Installation view
Aspen Art Museum

MICKALENE THOMAS
Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
Installation view
Aspen Art Museum

Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions & Projects

Museum Exhibition

L'Ecole des Beaux Art...
Mickalene Thomas: Femme au divan II

July 5 – August 31, 2014

museum exhibition

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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Artist Bio

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

Artist Bio

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense of self are informed by the ways women are represented in art and popular culture. Rhinestones—the artist’s signature material and a symbol of femininity—serve as an added layer of meaning and a metaphor of artifice. Thomas uses rhinestones to shade and accentuate specific elements of each painting, while subtly confronting our assumptions about what is feminine and what defines women.

 

Thomas has drawn inspiration from multiple artistic periods and cultural influences throughout Western art history, particularly the early modernists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, and Romare Bearden. She models her figures on the classic poses and abstract settings popularized by these modern masters as a way to reclaim agency for women who have been presented as objects to be desired or subjugated. Though Thomas draws from a number of time periods and genres, her use of pattern and domestic spaces often references various periods throughout the 1960s to the 1980s. This was a time of immense social and political conflict, change, and transformation—the civil rights movement, the black is beautiful movement, and the second wave of feminism—during which many women, particularly African-Americans, rejected and redefined traditional standards of beauty.

 

Thomas received a BFA from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in 2000 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2002. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at The Dayton Art Institute, OH (forthcoming, 2018); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (forthcoming, 2018); Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (forthcoming, 2018); Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA (forthcoming, 2017); Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2017); Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Aspen Art Museum, CO (2016); Aperture Foundation, New York (2016); George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY (2014); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012-13); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011); and La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Ceuti, Spain (2009). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Third Space / Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL (2017);  Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art, Portland Art Museum, ME (2017); The Color Line: African American Artists and the Civil Rights in the United States, Musée du quai Branly, Paris (2016); SHE: International Women Artists, Long Museum, Shanghai (2016); No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, traveled to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2015); 30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2011), which has traveled extensively around the United States (2011-2017, ongoing); and Americans Now, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2010). Thomas’ work is in numerous international public and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; MoMA PS1, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Yale University Art Collection, New Haven, CT; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

 

Thomas has been awarded multiple prizes and grants, including the USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow (2015); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award (2012); and the Timehri Award for Leadership in the Arts (2010).