Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey) makes paintings, collages, photographs, prints, videos, and installations that draw from art history and popular culture to create contemporary visions 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 to examine how identity is informed, constructed, and presented. Thomas received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and her MFA from Yale University. She has been awarded many prizes and grants, including the USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow, the Anonymous Was A Woman grant, and the Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award. She has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Aspen Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, 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, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and more. Mickalene Thomas currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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