Benefit Print Project is pleased to announce the pre-publication of a new edition by Mickalene Thomas. The edition, titled Clarivel with Black Blouse with White Ribbon, was published by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in consortium with Benefit Print Project, and is based on a collage of the same name that was recently featured in the artist’s acclaimed exhibition, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tê
Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. She introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman, and expands common definitions of beauty. Thomas’s work stems from her long study of art history, and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.
Mickalene Thomas has been included in numerous important solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Brooklyn Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art;Mickalene Thomas, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Mama Bush: One of a Kind Two, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; 30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and American Now, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. The artist’s work is part of significant public collections, including New York’s Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Whitney Museum of American Art; and Art Institute of Chicago; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, the Museum incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.