We are thrilled to have Mickalene Thomas now part of the Durham Press team! Thomas, who shows at Lehmann Maupin, is best known for her large-scale portraits of beautiful and powerful African American women, who – highly-styled – recline provocatively within wild, multi-layered backgrounds. The paintings’ references are wide and engaging – from Blaxploitation and seventies kitsch, to Manet and Matisse, to Seydou Keita and Malick Sedibe.
Below is “Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe”, a huge painting that was made for MoMA and is currently on display by the entrance on 53rd Street through the end of the year.
Over the past two years Mickalene has also started making still lives and landscapes – again, large-scale, intense, layered, and full of intriguing references.
It is the landscape that she chose to work on for her first project at Durham Press, and she began this summer by making the most remarkable print! It is a combination of woodblock, silkscreen, collage and digital photography. It measures roughly 52″ x 70″ and is yet untitled… but here is a sneak peek! Its official launch will be at this year’s print fair. More pictures to come!