Muse : Mickalene Thomas photographs / essay by Jennifer Blessing.

by Thomas, Mickalene, 1971- [photographer.]Looking glass; Blessing, Jennifer [author.]Looking glass; Weems, Carrie Mae, 1953- [interviewer.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Aperture Foundation, [2015]Edition: First edition.Description: 151 pages : chiefly colour illustrations, portraits ; 34 cm.ISBN: 9781597113144; 159711314X.Other title: Mickalene Thomas photographs.Subject(s): Thomas, Mickalene, 1971- -- CatalogsLooking glass | Thomas, Mickalene, 1971- -- InterviewsLooking glass | African American women -- Pictorial worksLooking glass | African American women in artLooking glass | Portrait photography -- United States -- 21st centuryLooking glass | Photography, Artistic -- 21st centuryLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multitextured and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, identifies the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale, studying under David Hilliard--a pivotal experience for her as an artist. This volume is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography, including portraits, collages, Polaroids and other processes. The work is a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation. Working primarily in her studio, Thomas' portraits draw equally from memories of her mother, 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee, Édouard Manet's odalisque figures and the mise-en-scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé. The interior space of her studio, a reappearing character in many of her photographs and paintings, frequently takes on as much of a performative role as her models do. The space exudes a thick, cozy physicality from its layers of fur, rugs, wood paneling and multipatterned linoleum tiles--all of which are richly laden with sensory triggers of a 1970s American rumpus room.

Includes bibliographical references.