Mickalene Thomas - Under the Influence New York Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York

  • Literature

    D. Blasberg, "Happy Birthday, Naomi," V Magazine, Summer 2010, pp. 38-39 (illustrated)

  • 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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Naomi Campbell

diptych, rhinestones, acrylic, enamel on wood panel
each 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm.)
overall 24 x 40 in. (122 x 101.6 cm.)

Signed, titled and dated "'Portrait of Naomi' 2010 M. Thomas" on the reverse of the right panel and "“’Portrait of Naomi Campbell (Black and White)' 2010 M. Thomas” on the reverse of the left panel.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $32,500

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Under the Influence

New York 16 September 2014 11am