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Mickalene Thomas: Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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Lévy Gorvy Gallery / New York / Art

In the work of American artist Mickalene Thomas, grainy black-and-white cutouts swim amid silkscreen prints, rhinestones, and images in oil paint—a mix inspired by modernist movements and the Harlem Renaissance. These dazzling multimedia collages make the power and beauty of Black women their primary subject. “To see yourself,” Thomas has explained, “and for others to see you, is a form of validation.” The exhibition will show in four chapters in Lévy Gorvy’s four galleries. The openings are staggered, with chapter one on view in New York. Paintings, installations, and video art express Thomas’s vision of positivity and pleasure. —E.C.

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