Muse: Mickalene Thomas: Photographs

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  • Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multitextured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, identifies the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice.

    Thomas began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale, studying under David Hilliard--a pivotal experience for her as an artist. This volume is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography, including portraits, collages, Polaroids, and other processes. The work is a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation.

    Working primarily in her studio, Thomas' portraits draw equally from memories of her mother, 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee, douard Manet's odalisque figures and the mise-en-sc ne studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidib. The interior space of her studio, a reappearing character in many of her photographs and paintings, frequently takes on as much of a performative role as her models do. The space exudes a thick, cozy physicality from its layers of fur, rugs, wood paneling, and multipatterned linoleum tiles--all of which are richly laden with sensory triggers of a 1970s American rumpus room.

    Binding Type: Hardcover
    Author: Mickalene Thomas, Mickalene Thomas (Author)
    Published: 11/24/2015
    Publisher: Aperture
    ISBN: 9781597113144
    Pages: 120
    Weight: 3.25lbs
    Size: 13.20h x 10.10w x 0.80d

  • 13.2 in L x 10.1 in W x 0.8 in D
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