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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey) is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.

Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and Pop Art.

Mickalene Thomas earned her BFA in painting at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn in 2000 and a MFA at the Yale University School of Art in 2002. In 2000-2003, the artist participated in a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and in 2011, a residency at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France.

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Naomi Sims by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasNaomi Sims, 2016 silkscreen, ink, and acrylic on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel
72 x 134 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Marie with Four Legs by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasMarie with Four Legs, 2015 Rhinestones, glitter, acrylic and oil paint on canvas mounted on wood panel
96 x 84 x 2 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Clarivel with Blue Shoulder and Gold Glitter Pearls on Paper by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasClarivel with Blue Shoulder and Gold Glitter Pearls on Paper, 2016 Glitter and acrylic paint on collaged paper mounted on dibond
48 x 36 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled #11 on Paper by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasUntitled #11 on Paper, 2016 Rhinestones, glitter, oil stick, and acrylic paint on paper mounted on dibond
48 x 36 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled #18 by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasUntitled #18, 2016 Rhinestones, glitter, acrylic, and oil paint on wood panel
96 x 72 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled #16 by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasUntitled #16, 2016 Rhinestones, glitter, acrylic, and oil paint on wood panel
96 x 72 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Qusuquzah Lounging with Pink + Black Flower by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasQusuquzah Lounging with Pink + Black Flower, 2016 Rhinestones, acrylic, and oil paint on wood panel
96 x 120 inches
Lehmann Maupin
High Priestess #2 by Mickalene Thomas contemporary artwork Mickalene ThomasHigh Priestess #2, 2016 Rhinestones and acrylic paint on wood panel
60 x 48 inches
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Mickalene Thomas, the desire of the other at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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18 November 2016–7 January 2017 Mickalene Thomas the desire of the other Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

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Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong By Diana d'Arenberg

On the third floor of the Pedder Building in Hong Kong’s CBD, a series of bright, loud, rhinestone-encrusted paintings shout and leap from the walls of Lehmann Maupin Gallery like a troupe of Folies Bergère girls. They demand attention, seducing, cajoling, and tempting the viewer to come closer. These large, densely-layered, and tactile...

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Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann Founding Partner of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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In Related Press

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Seven Artists on the Warhol Influence Related Press Seven Artists on the Warhol Influence The New York Times : 1 November 2018

Three decades after Andy Warhol's death, he remains one of America's most provocative artists. His influence on popular culture is so pervasive that each emerging art movement after him has had to grapple with Warhol's focus on surface perfections and his singular celebrity. Despite their complicated feelings, many contemporary artists say they...

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Wexner Center art exhibition to empower women, challenge art history norms Related Press Wexner Center art exhibition to empower women, challenge art history norms The Lantern : 10 September 2018

Femininity, race, sexuality, art history, identity and power. These are the themes explored in New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas' new exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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Beyond the fairs: London's must-see exhibitions featuring black artists Related Press Beyond the fairs: London's must-see exhibitions featuring black artists culture type : 7 October 2016

London is the place to be this week with the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and Frieze London underway. The fourth edition of 1:54 is open Oct. 6-9 at Somerset House. According to the fair, 40 exhibitors are presenting more than 130 African and African diasporan artists, alongside a program of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings,...

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Mickalene Thomas - 'Do I Look Like A Lady?' Related Press Mickalene Thomas - 'Do I Look Like A Lady?' Whitewall Magazine : 13 September 2016

Last November, Mickalene Thomas was named a 2015 USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow, one of 37 artists across nine disciplines to receive a $50,000 unrestricted award to expand and facilitate their practice. Thomas joined a list and network of lauded names that include visual artists like Theaster Gates and Mark Bradford, but also...

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