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One view of Together ©2016 Mickalene Thomas

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Esopus 23 (Spring 2016)
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Artist’s Project: Mickalene Thomas

By Mickalene Thomas

Featuring a stunning collection of collaged images created for the issue by the Brooklyn-based artist, Together incorporates die-cuts, embossing, different-sized pages, specialty varnishes, and a perforated removable insert.

Mickalene Thomas, a 2015 United States Artists Fellow, is a visual artist and filmmaker who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally since 2003. Thomas’s first solo museum exhibitions were in 2012 at the Brooklyn Museum and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Recent solo shows include “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities” at the Aspen Art Museum and “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs” at the Aperture Foundation, New York, which is scheduled to travel to other venues across the United States through 2018. She is currently working toward her forthcoming solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which will open in October 2016. Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, and it is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the Seattle Art Museum; among many other institutions. Thomas is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago and Berlin; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels. Born in 1971 in New Jersey, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.