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Mickalene Thomas: Beyond the Pleasure Principle


Lévy Gorvy Gallery / Hong Kong / 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.” This exhibition will show in four chapters in Lévy Gorvy’s four galleries. Paintings, installations, and video art express Thomas’s vision of positivity and pleasure. —E.C.

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