Mickalene Thomas - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
    Aspen Art Museum, ArtCrush, August 5, 2011, lot 145
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Mickalene Thomas: She's Come UnDone!, March 26–May 2, 2009

  • 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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Two works: (i-ii) A-E-I-O-U (and Sometimes Y)

each signed, titled and dated "A, E, I, O, U (and sometimes Y), 2009 M. Thomas" on the reverse
rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on panel
each 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Executed in 2009.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $52,920

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021