Mickalene Thomas, I Was Born To Do Great Things: Kavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL, 60607
Kavi Gupta is proud to announce its first solo exhibition with New York based artist Mickalene Thomas, entitled I was born To do Great Things. The exhibition will open on September 19th and will be on view through November 16th, 2014 at the Kavi Gupta | Washington Blvd. location.
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness…” – John Keats
I was Born to Do Great Things are the quoted words of Sandra Bush, Mickalene Thomas’s late mother, a statement that speaks for both the dynamic life that she lived as well as her influence and inspiration on Thomas’s artistic practice as her longtime muse. Bush has been prominent as a subject in Thomas’s works over the past 14 years, inspiring her examinations of identity and style through her magnetic personality and undeniable presence. This presentation of new work explores the personal story of the woman behind the inspiration. This is a story in celebration of womanhood, motherhood, and the power of art as a totem for personal memory, a story in celebration of Sandra.
Mickalene ThomasAnonymous was a woman, 2014Wood, glass, painted bronze, costume jewelry, black velvet48 (diameter) x 50 in
121.9 (diameter) x 127 cmEdition 3 of 3
Mickalene ThomasLove is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired, 2014Wood, glass, painted bronze24 (diameter) x 50 in
61 (diameter) x 127 cmEdition 1 of 3
Mickalene ThomasUntitled, 2014Bronze, wood24 x 44 1/2 in
61 x 113 cm
Mickalene ThomasUntitled, 2014Multi-media installationdimensions variable
Mickalene Thomas, Untitled (Jacket), 2014
Mickalene Thomas, Untitled (Leather Pants), 2014