Mickalene Thomas - New Now London Thursday, December 12, 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, Lehmann Maupin, Mickalene Thomas: More Than Everything, 15 September - 29 October 2011
    Monaco, École Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques, Femme au Divan II, 5 July – 31 August 2014

  • 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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Courbet 1 (Melody: Sitting)

polaroid, in artist's frame
87.2 x 77.2 cm (34 3/8 x 30 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2011.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £37,500

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London Auction 12 December 2019