The I-70 Sign Show, curated by Anne Thompson, is a year long public-art project on mid-Missouri billboards. The sign show embraces the interstate as a potent display opportunity for contemporary art, capitalizing on the state’s controversial billboard surplus and engaging the provocative mix of sign messages along I-70 between St. Louis and Kansas City. Specific artworks reflect themes within the roadside marketplace of ideas along the interstate, a dialogue generated by the available ad space and the state’s various political, institutional, and commercial interests.
On November 1st Brother Vellies launched my collection of six very unique designs that pay homage not only to the origins of our eponymous shoes, but to my paintings as well. "Mickalene visited my studio to see the collection, " says Aurora James. "Through our mutual love of each other's work, we decided this would be a fantastic opportunity to work together. " She continues, "Brother Vellies is not only committed to creating jobs in South Africa and Namibia, but also working directly with artisans who hand craft each pair to make them unique and one of a kind."
First Crush Red 2014 has now launched! This limited edition label features one of my favorite collages from my "untitled" series and was a perfect choice for the wine. Red Crush is a unique red blend made from the first cabernet franc and merlot grapes harvested in 2013.
Purchase your limited edition bottle of First Crush Red here.
This presentation of new work explores the personal story of the woman behind the inspiration. This is a story in celebration of womanhood, motherhood, and the power of art as a totem for personal memory, a story in celebration of Sandra.
The Monaco Project for the Arts, will be hosting Mickalene Thomas' solo exhibition, "Femme au divan II" at the Pavillon Bosio (July 5 - August 31, 2014). In this selection of work, Thomas continues with her experimentation of creating bold images of black women through an array of artistic and material forms. Thomas, deeply committed to the reconstruction of black female subjectivity in art history, presents new large scale paintings, a selection from her “Courbet" polaroid series , and a new film that lures the viewer into an intimate space between two lovers.
TÊTe De Femme Lehmann Maupin GALLERY, New York, NY
June 26 - August 8, 2014
Mickalene Thomas will exhibit a body of new work at Lehmann Maupin this coming June. The show represents a new direction for Thomas through the repurposing of formal and conceptual iconography. Featuring nods to artists including Picasso, De Kooning and Warhol - the show will open on June, 26.
George Eastman House will feature - Mickalene Thomas: Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, opening June 20. In this exhibition, Thomas demonstrates her ongoing engagement with portraiture as a key to personal and cultural identity. Thomas creates a group of large-scale photographic portraits, an installation and a film about her mother, former fashion model Sandra Bush - revealing in the process the complex role of the mother-daughter bond for each woman’s sense of self. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Entrance Gallery through October 19.
Lehmann Maupin (New York & Hong Kong) and Galerie Natalie Obadia (Paris) will be exhibiting works by Mickalene Thomas at Art Basel this coming June. In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform to represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation – earned over forty years – for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world's leading gallerists and collectors, has made Art Basel the place where the artworld meets.
Swedish rug maker Henzel Studio Collaborations is branching out into ever more exclusive territory with the debut of its first art editions. Calle Henzel set up his factory in 1999, transitioning his fine art approach into the age old craft of the weaver, reinventing rug making and bringing new approaches, materials and techniques to the industry. For this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Henzel Studio has taken the art of rug design a step further with a selection of high profile collaborations. Henzel’s collection is set to include Mickalene Thomas - on display at Barneys, New York from May 7 until June 9.
Mickalene Thomas pays tribute to the life and longings of her mother and muse Sandra Bush in this documentary short. A former model with a poignant backstory filled with dreams, regrets and redemption, Sandra is the focus of this emotional portrait in which she serves as a model and inspiration for Thomas. For further information, including screening times - please visit the society's website at neworleansfilmsociety.org
Produced in collaboration with Pendleton Mills, this limited edition blanket is the first in a series of four that Thomas has designed exclusively for Artware Editions. Each design will feature a different female model with intricate braiding and other bold details that present a strong, graphic image. The reverse side of the blanket shows the same design in negative giving the blanket two distinct looks. The blanket is a soft blend of wool and cotton and is perfect as a throw, a bed covering for a full or queen sized bed, or a wall hanging. A sewn-on, suede patch signed and numbered by the artist accompanies each piece. The Lena blanket was released in 2014 and has been featured in Elle Decor and Casa Vogue.
Spring 2014Mickalene has generously donated work to a number of upcoming benfits raising funds for a host of great organizations. Auction details are as follows:
Shakti, a group exhbition featuring an eclectic cast of female artists is currebtly on show at Milan's Brand New Gallery. Whilst aiming to celebrate the role of women in contemporary arts discourse, the show also seeks to highlight the short history of this phenomenon. In the gallery's own words - the show delivers "a snapshot of individual artistic practices, rather than a general statement on the subject. A comparison between different generations, with diverse styles, different approaches, and aims".
Mickalene Thomas is pleased to participate in the first contemporary art biennial to emerge in the Cartagena de Indias region. Bringing together both local and international artists, the event will focus on the idea of Presence and its multiplicity of meanings.
Happy Birthday To A Beautiful Woman will screen as part of the Atlanta Television Festival at the Savannah College of Art & Design on February, 8. For show times and festival information, follow the official webiste here.
Mickalene Thomas and LittleCollector are collaborating with young artists to make a series of paintings to be auctioned, with proceeds going to a charity for kids. Little collectors are invited to make their own creative submission from which a jury of Art World professionals will select the most inventive. Mickalene Thomas will then work with the young artists to translate their vision into a painting.
DOMESTIC UNREST PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY
MARCH 13 - APRIL 26, 2014 Alongside Rosson Crow and Francesca DiMattio, Mickalene Thomas will present a series of new paintings, collages and photography at London’s Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. The exhibition brings together artists whose explorations aim to subvert conventional notions of domesticity by challenging the modes through which such spaces are traditionally represented.<
Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned by the Norton Museum of Art to produce a mural installation, developed specifically for the space of the Museum's lobby. Drawing from the Floridian landscape, the large scale work investigates this panorama according to Thomas' signature style.
Solange Knowles has once again partnered with New York artist Mickalene Thomas for a special limited edition of her critically acclaimed EP, True, with beautiful new artwork. True is available for purchase for $15 in US Opening Ceremony stores and online, but with absolute limited quantities.
Mickalene Thomas will return to NCMA in April to appear in conversation with Museum Director Larry Wheeler and Chief Curator Linda Dougherty. Further details will be available at the museum's webiste www.ncartmuseum.org, as they become available.
Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned to concieve of a garment inspired by hautecouture for ART CAPSUL, curated by Stacy Engman. Part art project, part capsul collection, ART CAPSUL showcases elements found in the works of some of today's most celebrated contemporary artists. "Art CAPSUL celebrates originality, vision, and uniqueness inherent in the forms and traditions of haute couture and art. Artists give life to their artwork through their own distinct vision, and this special series celebrates this an extension of their existing vision and practice, " Engman has said.
show and tell: calder jewelry and mobiles salon 94 november 05, 2013 - december 20, 2013
Salon 94's "Show and Tell: Calder Jewelry and Mobiles" presents work from nine exciting and established artists, resposnding to the work of Alexander Calder, in particular, his jewelry and suspended works. Mickalene Thomas has produced a series of new photographs specifically for this exhibition, drawing from the trademark formalism of Calder as an approach with which to consider her own unique approach to portaiture.
Du Bois in Our Time is a landmark exhibition that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W.E.B Du Bois and the causes that he championed. Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned by the University Museum of Contemporary Art to produce a work that offers an aesthetic contribution to the rethinking of Du Bois through today's cultural lens.
Mickalene Thomas will visit SFAI, as the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, where she will appear in conversation with SFAI President Charles Desmarais.
tete-a-tete QF GAllery, EASTHAMPTON, NY
AUGUST 24 -SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
Mickalene Thomas will present the third iteration of Tete-aTete, on view from August 24th to September 15th at QF Gallery in East Hampton, New York. Tete-a-Tete was first presented last year at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and then at Yancey Richardson, New York. Thomas conceived of te idea for this group exhibition after participating in MoMA's Conversations: Among Friends, and aims to facilitate a visual conversation among artists.
Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present 'Desire,' a group exhibition, curated by Jodie Vincenta Jacobson. This exhibition of women artists offers a selection of works examining disire and the mesmeric female gaze. Taking form in a variety of media, the selected works tease out themes ranging from sex and death, to awkwardness, seduction, psychologuy, and semantics.
Mickalene Thomas' first documentary film, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN will screen at the 2ND ANNUAL BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL this summer. The film, a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush, lends unique insight to the artists process as mother and daughter share memories, desires and history.
Better Days: An Art Bar Installation by Mickalene Thomas Galerie at Volkshaus, Basel, switzerland
June 11, 2013 - June 15, 2013
The ambitious installation, Better Days, will transform the Galerie at Volkshaus, in downtown Basel, into an immersive art experience for the duration of the show. It is inspired by a theatrical play ‘Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl’ and parties hosted by Thomas’s mother in the late ‘70s. Better Days Blog Better Days press Release
Mickalene Thomas' first documentary film, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN screened at THE POETICS OF UNFORGETTING in London on June 6, 2013. The film, a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush, is also scheduled to screen at the 2ND ANNUAL BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL in August, 2013.
"In this short documentary film, Thomas presents an emotional portrait of her mother, who is also portrayed in "Sandra: She's a Beauty", one of the paintings in Thomas's exhibition currently at the ICA. The film presents Bush's personal and physical struggles, including kidney disease, revealing a different state of this beautiful woman."
The works featured in this exhibition highlight the ways Thomas experiments with the construction of intimate interior spaces, to create a metaphor for the status of the female body—itself either present or absent—as it has been interpreted and used throughout the history of art.
March On! brooklyn academy of music, brooklyn, ny
january 16 - march 11, 2013
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Great March on Washington, March On! is a group exhibition that explores the civil rights journey of African-Americans during the past half-century through a thoughtful presentation of paintings, photographs, drawings, videos, and essays by contemporary American artists including Mickalene Thomas, David Antonio Cruz, Derrick Adams, Simone Leigh, Kimberly Becoat, Kenya (Robinson), Delphine Diaw Diallo, Ali Santana, Oasa DuVerney, and Hank Willis Thomas.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN: "This beautiful exploration of art and life is the first documentary by New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas—a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush. The subject of several paintings and photographs by the artist, Sandra Bush shares her memories, desires and history, including the lead-up to her involvement in her daughter’s artwork."
Decopolis: popup shop The Proposition, New York, ny
february 6 - february 24, 2013
Following her blockbuster solo show, Origin of the Universe, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and her two-venue exhibition, How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art, at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, The Proposition is collaborating with Mickalene Thomas on a pop-up shop entitled "décopolis: the talent of others." Guest Artists include: Brother Vellies, Roddy Fitzgerald, Nina Ziefvert, David Antonio Cruz, Elisabeth Gaffaney, Jayson Keeling, and Celebrity Makeup Artist Vincent Oquendo.
"Origin of the Universe, Thomas's first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood. Among the pieces on view are contemporary riffs on Courbet's Origin of the World and Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. An entrance-gallery mural, a film about Thomas's mother, and installations of furnished domestic interiors were created specifically for this show."
"The artist's third solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin was presented in two parts: the Lower East Side gallery housed new large-scale paintings depicting landscapes and interior scenes as well as a series of short films created during her recent ravels in Europe, while in Chelsea, Thomas's first doecumentary film "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN" was viewed alongside photographs of her mother and long-time muse, Sandra Bush. Thomas also re-created one of her tableau environments in the gallery, allowing viewers to fully immerse themselves in her world while watching the film."
Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY
Jessica Chastain played muse to Mickalene Thomas, George Condo, Rineke Dijkstra and Chantal Joffe. Thomas transformed the actress by using a range of references from classic portraiture to the 1983 film Scarface, while shooting Chastain in one of her domestic interiors at the Brooklyn Musuem.
nailed subliminal projects, los angeles, ca
september 8, 2012 - october 6, 2012
Nailed was a group exhibition featuring artwork by LIz Baca, Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, Dzine, Igor Jovic, Simone Lueck, Chris Mosier, Kai Regan, Dominique Renee, Jamel Shabazz, Mickalene Thomas, Catherine Wong, and Monika Zbijowska.
"Re-Framing the Feminine demonstrates the varied strategies employed by female photographers to frame their experiences using the technology of film photography and digital media. Curated by Dina Mitrani, Miami-based photography curator and gallerist, Re-Framing the Feminine will include approximately fifty works. Its aim is to demonstrate what is particularly female in the capture and/or construction of a photographic image. The fluidity women experience as both subjects and objects in the photographic field is significant."
"Thomas examines art historical constructs of feminine identity, sexuality, beauty, and power in 15 works in a variety of sizes, shapes, and media. Taking cues from Marcel Duchamp’s Étant Donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage and Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde, Thomas presents the female figure as the origin of the universe, focusing on how the female body both engenders and inhabits landscape. The works on view are in communication with one another—portraits of Qusuquzah and Din gaze out at modernist interiors and plein-air landscapes, all confronted by the artist’s arresting recreations of Courbet’s Origin."
"Through artworks from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Histories, investigates some of the approaches and themes through which historical topics are represented in art, and thus how they are translated and construed by different people during different periods."
"This exhibition featured 39 works by 20th- and 21st-century artists who have extended the boundaries of art making. Drawn from area private collections, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view works that are seldom exhibited in public. Representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and prints, Look Now provides an extraordinary range of perspectives on the art of our time."
"Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires" was a project commissioned by the MoMA for The Modern restaurant window on 53rd Street. The project was executed in two stages: initially, a large format printing of Thomas's "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires" photograph occupied the window November 2009 through February 2010. In February, it was replaced by the painting on three panels that was on view through March 2012.