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Mickalene Thomas's Muse

Mickalene Thomas's Muse


The superstar lesbian artist's new book of large-format photo portraits blends classical and '70s inspirations.

Mickalene_mic_muse_x633Above: A Moment's Pleasure #2, 2007.

Though her work has been shown in countless exhibitions world-wide, Mickalene Thomas was a student at Yale when she first began taking pictures of herself and her mother. The large-scale portraits in Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Aperture) which publishes this autumn, combines aspects of classical odalisque paintings with those of fashion photography of the 1970s "Black is Beautiful"-era (when her mother was a model), among other influences, to examine race, sexuality, the artist's gaze, and the construction of images.

Mickalene_mic_muse_02x633Above: Le lecon d'amour, 2008.

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