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MUSE: MICKALENE THOMAS -- PHOTOGRAPHS. Ed. by Lesley A. Martin. Aperture Foundation, Inc., New York, 2015. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 152 pp. with 124 ills. (105 col.) and 19 reference ills. (8 col.). 34 x 26 cm. LC 2015-938423 ISBN 9781597113144 In English.
Large format. This publication coincides with a traveling exhibition that opens at Aperture Gallery, New York, in 2016. Publisher's description: Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multitextured and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, identifies the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale, studying under David Hilliard--a pivotal experience for her as an artist. This volume is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography, including portraits, collages, Polaroids and other processes. The work is a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation. Working primarily in her studio, Thomas' portraits draw equally from memories of her mother, 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee, Edouard Manet's odalisque figures and the mise-en-scene studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibe. The interior space of her studio, a reappearing character in many of her photographs and paintings, frequently takes on as much of a performative role as her models do.
Artist(s):Thomas, Mickalene
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists, African American Artists
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 169834
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