Mickalene Thomas - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York
    Private Collection

  • 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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Hair Portrait 16

signed, titled, consecutively numbered and dated "1/4, Top Left, Hair Portrait #16, 2013, Rhinstones, acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 40 in, 4 panels each (24 x 20 in), M. Thomas" on the reverse
rhinestone and acrylic on wood panel, in 4 parts
each 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm.)
overall 48 x 40 in. (121.9 x 101.6 cm.)

Executed in 2013.

$35,000 - 50,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 November 2016