Michael Andrew Law meets with Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas and Michael Andrew Law
Mickalene Thomas and Michael Andrew Law

Mickalene Thomas (born Jersey January 28, 1971), is a contemporary African American artist best known for her complex paintings made of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Her work draws from Western art history, pop art and visual culture to examine ideas around femininity, beauty, race, sexuality and gender.

Mickalene Thomas has been awarded multiple prizes and grants, including the BOMB Magazine Honor (2015), MoCADA Artistic Advocacy Award (2015), AICA-USA Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally, First Place (2014), Anonymous Was A Woman Grant (2013), Audience Award: Favorite Short, Second Annual Black Star Film Festival (2013), Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award (2012), Timehri Award for Leadership in the Arts (2010), Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2009), Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award (2009) and Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2007).

Thomas has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine (2013) (resident faculty); Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France (2011); Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado (2010); Studio Museum in Harlem (2003); Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (2001); and Yale Norfolk Summer of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut (1999).

米卡琳·托馬斯(1971年生於美國肯頓,現於美國布魯克林生活及工作)在2002年以藝術碩士畢業於耶魯大學藝術學院及2000年以藝術學士畢業於普瑞特藝術學院。藝術家在2000年至2003年間參與了紐約Studio Museum in Harlem以及在2011年參與了法國吉維尼Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program的駐場計劃。其主要個人展覽包括:亞斯本藝術博物館(2016)、洛杉磯當代藝術博物館(2016)、紐約Aperture Foundation(2016)、紐約州羅徹斯特George Eastman House(2014)、紐約布魯克林博物館(2012- 13)、洛杉磯聖莫尼卡藝術博物館(2012)、波士頓當代藝術博物館(2012)、日本東京原美術館(2002)和西班牙塞烏蒂La Conservera當代藝術中心(2009)。另外主要群展包括:上海龍美術館的《SHE: International Women Artists》(2016)、邁亞密的Rubell Family Collection《No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection》(2015)、華盛頓國家肖像畫廊的《Americans Now》(2010)及在華盛頓科科倫畫廊首次展出後,在美國多間博物館作巡展的《30 Americans》(2010)。米卡琳·托馬斯的作品可見於多個國際公營或私人珍藏中,如紐約現代藝術博物館、舊金山現代藝術博物館、紐約所羅門古根漢美術館、惠特尼博物館、波士頓美術館、芝加哥藝術學院、 MoMA PS1、紐約布魯克林博物館、紐約Studio Museum in Harlem、耶魯大學藝術收藏及東京原美術館。

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