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Mickalene Thomas: All About Love

Mickalene Thomas: All About Love

Artbook | D. A. P.

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New York artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her diverse body of work in painting, collage, print, photography, and immersive installations. Her acclaimed and expansive repertoire draws inspiration from both 19th-century art and popular culture, presenting a multifaceted and empowering portrayal of womanhood while challenging traditional ideas of beauty, sexuality, celebrity, and politics. This definitive publication solidifies Thomas' position as a prominent figure in contemporary art. It showcases her significant pieces organized thematically, accompanied by an interview with the artist by Rachel Thomas, and thought-provoking essays by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Darnell L. Moore, Claudia Rankine, Ed Schad, Renée Mussai, and Christine Y. Kim. These essays delve into Thomas' unique visual language, which explores themes of intergenerational female empowerment, autobiography, memory, and Black feminist theory. In particular, they explore how Thomas subverts art history to reclaim the notions of repose, rest and leisure in works that celebrate self-expression and joy. For the artist, repose is a radical act, pointing to "what is able to happen once you have the agency."

  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 224 pages, with 180 illustrations
  • Published in 2024
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.5 × 9.0 × 1.75 inches  (29.2 × 22.9 × 4.4 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 lb (59.2 oz; 1678 g)
  • SKU010011073 | 9781636812991

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Mickalene Thomas

About the Artist

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (born 1971) is an international, award-winning, multidisciplinary artist whose work has yielded instantly recognizable and widely celebrated aesthetic languages within contemporary visual culture. She is known for her elaborate portraits of Black women composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel.

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Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is an American writer on faculty at NYU. Her books include Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014) and Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020).

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is a Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College and an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies.

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Darnell L. Moore

Darnell L. Moore is the author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America and a writer-in-residence at Columbia University.

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Ed Schad

Ed Schad is a curator at The Broad, Los Angeles.

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T.K. Smith

T.K. Smith is a curator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas is a curator at the Hayward Gallery in London.

Artbook | D. A. P.

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Artbook | D.A.P.

Artbook | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is America’s premier source for books on twentieth and twenty-first century art, photography, design and aesthetic culture. Founded in 1990 in downtown New York at a time when fine and sometimes esoteric international art books had a difficult time making their way into the wider American marketplace, over the past three decades D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publications from an array of the world’s most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.

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