Mickalene Thomas: Behind the Scenes

“In Mickalene Thomas’s mirror the woman staring back is a self-assured, powerful woman making artwork at the very top of her game. Her new paintings are as emotionally moving as they are visually stimulating.” —Sean Landers, in BOMB 116.

BOMB 116 Summer 2011
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Mickalene Thomas by Sean Landers
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BOMB 116, Summer 2011

Featuring interviews with Francis Alÿs, Carla Faesler, Binyavanga Wainaina and Rob Spillman, Simon Van Booy and Siri Hustvedt, Natalia Almada, Joanna Newsom and Roy Harper, Scott Shepherd and Richard Maxwell, and Mickalene Thomas. 

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