Muse by Mickalene Thomas. First edition. First impression in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Mickalene Thomas is known for her large scale, multi textured, and rhinestone encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits. She has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale a pivotal experience for her as an artist.
While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of deconstruction and re appropriation. Both of images she has created herself and images she has singled out as influence. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. Thomas’s portraits draw equally from 1970s black is beautiful images of women. Such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee; Édouard Manet’s odalisque figures. As well as the mise en scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé, to name a few.
Perhaps of greatest importance, however, this collection of portraits and staged scenes reflects a very personal community of inspiration as well. A collection of muses that includes Thomas herself, her mother, and her friends and lovers. Therefore emphasizing the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. The accompanying Aperture publication, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs, is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography. Including portraits, collages, Polaroids, and other processes.
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