Mickalene Thomas - New Now London Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York
    Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Aperture Gallery, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and Tête-à-Tête, 28 January - 17 March 2016 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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Portrait of Qusuquzah

signed, numbered and dated 'M. Thomas 2008 AP1' on the reverse
177.5 x 142.5 cm (69 7/8 x 56 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2008, this work is artist's proof number 1 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £18,750

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New Now

London Auction 11 April 2019