MICKALENE THOMAS

Titled Racquel Come to Me, the rug is adapted from a unique photo drawing collage created for specifically this project. The shape is irregular and free-form and combines visual elements that create a landscape of references from art history, popular culture and politics. Various levels of pile heights, carving and cutting techniques have been utilized to create an exquisite work of art. Each hand-made piece in the edition run is inherently unique due to the artisan practices used in the design’s 6-month making. The nature of the media at hand, a hand knotted rug, is a natural complement to components utilized in Thomas’ immersive installations that utilize textiles, wallpaper, furniture and decor objects to reconstruct the 1970s domestic aesthetic that was formative to her visual narrative

Mickalene Thomas is a distinguished, multidisciplinary visual artist best known for combining art-historical, political, and pop-cultural references to create striking figurative and nonfigurative landscapes.

MICKALENE THOMAS
Racquel Come to Me, 2019
Edition of 10 + 1 AP
Numbered
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Hand knotted
230 x 300 cm (90.5 x 118 ins)
Wool, Lyocell, Linen & Silk
High / Low Cut
Custom size upon request

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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 and Studio Museum in Harlem.

The artwork; Candy Crush, Mickalene Thomas created for HENZEL STUDIO is based on a photo drawing collage. The image is combined with one of Thomas’ hair portraits to bring in a graphic element on top of the decorative and floral background, making the final image a unique collage.

MICKALENE THOMAS
Candy Crush, 2013
Edition of 50 + 1 AP
Numbered
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Hand knotted
242 x 280 cm (95 x 110 ins)
Wool & Silk
High / Low Cut
Custom size upon request

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In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture.

Mickalene Thomas portrait by Lyndsy Welgos

Thomas introduces complex notions of femininity and challenges common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representation. Her work stems from her long study of art history and classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.

MICKALENE THOMAS, Clarivel Centered, 2014
Edition of 999
Art pillow
Printed on cotton poly
Same artwork on each side (reversed)
20 x 20 ins / 50.8 x 50.8 cm

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Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson river school to Édouard Manet, Alice Neel, and Romare Bearden, she has created a true signature style and continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and pop art, redefining contemporary ideas of portraiture. In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture. Thomas’s layered process of fragmentation, in which she begins with a photographic portrait and moves to collage and then on to painting, is the result of discreet borrowings from our twenty-first century language of mass culture. Strategically placed objects in her photographs come into sharper relief during the collage stage as deliberately exposed tape and abrupt lines between forms frame our perspective, focusing us on the distinct cultural languages that she puts on view.

MICKALENE THOMAS
Racquel Leaned Back, 2013
Collage 
21 x 25.4 cm (8.25 x 10 in)
© Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy of the artist.

Selected exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Ceuti.