Over the past two decades, Mickalene Thomas’s critically acclaimed and extensive body of work has spanned painting, collage, photography, video and the immersive installations that have become her signature. With influences ranging from nineteenth-century painting to popular culture, Thomas’s art articulates a complex and empowering vision of aspiration and self-image through gender and race while expanding on and subverting common definitions of beauty, sexuality, and celebrity. This book, made in close collaboration with Thomas, is the first to survey the breadth of her extraordinary career. Publication coincides with the opening of Mickalene Thomas’s first global exhibition, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, at Lévy Gorvy galleries in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.
Roxane Gay is a writer, memoirist and contributor to the New York Times. She is the author of several books, including Hunger and Bad Feminist.
Kellie Jones is Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art in the Departments of Art History & Archaeology, and African American & African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. She has authored several books and curated exhibitions including Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980.
Hardcover, 12 x 9 3/8 in., 288 pages, 255 illustrations