Mickalene Thomas - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, It's About Memory, March 25 - April 23, 2004

  • Artist Biography

    Mickalene Thomas

    American • 1971

    Glamour and feminism need not be foes, as evinced by the wonderful work of Mickalene Thomas. The artist examines these qualities through the lens of the African-American female experience. Whether with her rhinestone-inflected, '70s-glam-inspired portraits of black beauty and power or her photographic installations of her mother's living room, Thomas personalizes while aestheticizing a visual conversation about race. By tackling classical art historical themes, she writes African-American aesthetics into traditional conventions.

    Blockbuster retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum and ICA Boston thrust Thomas into contemporary art's mainstage. Her platform extends her creative pursuits into fashion, interiors and DJ'ing. Thomas' market has also grown at a steady pace with auction prices increasing each year.

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Looking Up (She Works Hard For The Money Pin-Up Series)

Rhinestones, acrylic paint and oil enamel on wood panel.
48 x 36 x 1 3/4 in. (121.9 x 91.4 x 4.4 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "'Looking Up'(From She Works Hard For The Money Pin-Up Series) Mickalene Thomas 2004" on the reverse.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $36,000

Contemporary Art Part II

18 May 2007
10am & 2pm New York