Presenting paintings of some of the artist Mickalene Thomas' key models and muses, this recent book illuminates the work of the Brooklyn painter, photographer and video artist. Culling from art history and popular culture, Thomas creates brilliant portraits that dissect the highly charged connections between muse, artist and viewer. Whether depicted as classically composed 19th-century odalisques, Afro-adorned vixens of blaxploitation films or as a powerful maternal figure yearning for social mobility, the recurring women in Thomas's compositions convey a spirit of strength and self-confidence. Focused yet expansive, the catalogue both reasserts and further contextualises issues of identity, sexuality and agency in Thomas' work that have only become more nuanced and palpable over the duration of her career. Paperback, 128 pages.
-21.6 x 27.9 cm
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