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Mickalene Thomas

Defiantly tender portraits by a powerhouse of contemporary art.

"The women I work with are powerhouses: their prowess is undeniable. I only hope to bring forth their true selves.”

Mickalene Thomas enshrines Black womanhood within art history. Internationally celebrated artist for a multimedia approach to portraiture spanning collage, painting, assemblage, photography, installation and film, life itself and the canon of painting are her prime inspirations. Formal elements drawn from Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, Pop Art and the Harlem Renaissance are used to portray women Tho...

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Mickalene Thomas (she/her) was born in 1971 in New Jersey, United States and is now based in Brooklyn.

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Initially, Thomas planned to pursue pre-law and theatre arts, but in 1994 seeing Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems convinced her to try art school. "It was the first time I saw work by an African-American female artist that reflected myself. It was probably one of the most formidable experiences.”

Museum Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions in museums around the world including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, LACMA, The Met and MoMA.

Collaborations with Mickalene Thomas