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Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971)

Lot 52: MICKALENE THOMAS

Phillips

May 15, 2010
New York, NY, US

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Description

UNITED STATES
MS. PU-SE-KAT #1
Signed, titled and dated "Mickalene Thomas 'MS. PU-SE-KAT #1' 2003" on the reverse.

Dimensions

36 x 24 1/8 in. (91.4 x 61.3 cm).

Artist or Maker

MICKALENE THOMAS b. 1971

Medium

Rhinestones and acrylic on wood panel.

Date

2003

Exhibited

Los Angeles, Steve Turner Contemporary, NeoVernacular: Pop, Portraiture, Pulp and Porn, 2005

Provenance


Acquired directly from the artist; Private collection, Los Angeles

Notes

“Over the years, I have painted and photographed a lot of different kinds of women—from my mother, to women auditioned from Craigslist, to lovers, to transsexual women, to celebrities from Oprah to Condoleezza. But what they have all had in common is a sort of prowess, an incredible degree of self-awareness and self-possession that never ceases to fascinate me. Sometimes this manifests as a very sexy painting or photograph, but I am always taking my cues from the models and from the conventions of art historical figurative painting. My work is rooted in the tradition of portrait painting. This is essential to me because I want to insert these women into the history of art and to thereby shift the existing canon that has historically under- or misrepresented black women” (Thomas quoted in conversation with Leah Oates, in NY Arts, Fall 2009, reproduced at http://www.nyartsmagazine.com).

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