Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971), born in Camden, NJ, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and her MFA from Yale University School of Art. Thomas’s artworks brim with color, line, patterns, and multimedia elements, often highlighting vivid environments as still lifes, or female figures with poses and personalities that challenge, welcome, or look past the viewer. Drawing from art history and popular culture, Thomas’s work creates 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 interior spaces in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women and “feminine spaces” are represented in art and popular culture. Mickalene Thomas’s practice is multi-disciplinary and expansive, as she consistently works within painting, collage, photography, printmaking, video, and installation. She also creates sculptures, enacts performances, curates exhibitions, delivers lectures, participates in residencies, and is featured in prestigious publications and catalogues worldwide. Mickalene Thomas has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Aspen Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and many more. Her work is included in many prestigious public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and more.

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