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  • Provenance

    Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2014

  • Exhibited

    New York, Brooklyn Museum, Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, 28 September 2012 - 20 January 2013 (another example exhibited)

  • Artist Biography

    Mickalene Thomas

    American • 1971

    Influenced by Lacanian psychology as much as by the glam aesthetics of 1970s Blaxploitation films, artist Mickalene Thomas subverts conventional canonical formats to unravel notions of race, gender, and sexuality. Thomas’s complex works incorporate a wide range of media including rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel to create richly layered collage-like compositions that explore the inner natures of her sitters against the contradictions and misconceptions of identity. She produces portraits of African American women using vocabularies of the art historical canon and contemporary celebrity photography to render her subjects as powerful agents of their identities. Often depicting her sitters, whom the artist frequently refers to as “muses,” in the poses of the odalisques of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Édouard Manet, Thomas subverts traditional forms of representation and presents a complex and empathetic vision of the myriad experiences of Black woman in contemporary America. Her sitters return the viewer’s gaze, supercharging their potent presences.

    Thomas came to making art under precipitous circumstances; inspired by a retrospective of the work of Carrie Mae Weems while she was studying law in Portland, Oregon, Thomas has since devoted herself to exploring identity in visual terms. Her work incorporates a huge variety of influences, from Édouard Manet and Henri Matisse to Weems and Kehinde Wiley, and has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

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Qusuquzah Standing Sideways

signed, titled, numbered and dated '"Qusuquzah Standing Sideways" 2012 2/3 M. Thomas' on the reverse
chromogenic print
152.5 x 127 cm (60 x 50 in.)
Executed in 2012, this work is number 2 from an edition of 3.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £8,125

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London Auction 11 April 2018