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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Mickalene Thomas

b. 1971, USA

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.

Featured Artworks

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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
Closed
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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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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