Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Art in Motion: Mickalene Thomas

Visual Art is my home. I enjoy looking at bright colors, the evidence of texture and
the visual story of an artist through their work. Mickalene Thomas is an artist whose color and texture takes you on a resplendent journey and an intricate and intimate view of African American womanhood.  In the exhibition 30 Americans at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; I discovered a number of pieces from Ms. Thomas, who happens to share my hometown, Camden, New Jersey. The city of Camden is not in peak condition currently but it can lay claim to a many a creative soul and Mickalene Thomas is one of them.

Thomas' work is informed by the study of art history, landscapes, portraiture and such classic artists as Manet, Matisse and Bearden. She incorporates acrylic, rhinestones, enamel and Swarkofski crystals to capture and reflect the beauty of women while revealing their complexity as well. Her work must be experienced. Justice is not served to view her work online. This offering is just to expose you to her if you have not yet had the privilege. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York and Susanne Vielmetter in LA. Her most recent show was in NY at the Brooklyn Art Museum (BAM). Keep an eye out for this extraordinary artist. Take a look at her discussing her studio and her process.

by Kimberly C. Gaines


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