The Project

"The mirror is a powerful tool because it forces you to deal with yourself on a deeper level. Conceptually, paintings are like mirrors. They’re a form of creative expression by the artist. ‘This is one of my points of view on the world – I’m presenting to you a gift.’ With that, I invite viewers to engage with my latest work and explore the reflections it may evoke."

–Mickalene Thomas

In celebration of award-winning artist Mickalene Thomas’s upcoming show "All About Love" at The Broad Museum, this limited-edition print employs a variety of printing techniques and unconventional materials that Thomas has become known for over the course of her career. Its elaborate composition centers around one of Thomas’s muses, Din, who has been featured in her work for over a decade. Out of the artist’s many sitters, Din displays a distinct aptitude for transformation and effortlessly engages with her luxurious environment. 

Drawn from her 2023 painting of the same name, this new
print serves as a beacon in her ever-expansive oeuvre.

Din avec la main dans le miroir et jupe rouge
Edition of 50
Hand-collaged silkscreen and archival print with embossment and glitter on Hahnemühle paper

  • Image: 18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
  • Sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
  • Framed: 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (54.6 x 64.8 x 4.1 cm)

© Mickalene Thomas

The Artist

Mickalene Thomas is an award-winning multi-hyphenate artist whose work has yielded instantly recognizable and widely celebrated aesthetic languages within contemporary pop culture. She is known for her elaborate portraits of Black women composed of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel. Not only do her masterful mixed-media paintings, photographs, films and installations command space, they occupy eloquently while dissecting and disrupting the intersecting complexities of black and female identity within the Western canon. 

Outside of her core practice, Thomas is a Tony Award nominated co-producer, curator, educator, and mentor to many emerging artists. Apart from her own monumental solo shows, she simultaneously curates exhibitions at galleries and museums and collaborates with corporations and luxury brands. In 2023, she became the first Black femme artist to have a scholarship in her name at the Yale School of Art. She has also been the recipient of numerous prizes,  grants, and honors including the Creative Capital Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact Award (2024); Hirshhorn Artist x Artist New York Gala honoree (2023); the Pratt Institute Legends Award (2022); Rema Hort Mann Foundation 25th Anniversary honoree (2022); Artistic Impact Award, Newark Museum (2022); Glass House 15th Anniversary Artist of the Year (2022); Yale School of Art Presidential Visiting Fellow in Fine Arts (2020); Legend in Residence Award, Bronx Museum (2020);
Pauli Murray College Associate Fellow at Yale University (2020); Appraisers Association of America, Award for Excellence in the Arts, (2019); Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission at Baltimore Museum of Art (2019). In 2018, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art and, in 2015, she was a United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow. Thomas is also the Co-Founder of SOULAS House, a cultural hub and retreat for Black women, the Co-Founder of Pratt>FORWARD and founder of Art>FORWARD Artist in the Market incubator for post-graduate students.

Work by Thomas is the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Studio Museum of Harlem; International Center of Photography; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, among others. Thomas serves on the Board of the Trustees for the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA PS1. 

Photo: Emil Horowitz, © Mickalene Thomas

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