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Muse : Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Hardcover)

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Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multitextured and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, identifies the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale, studying under David Hilliard—a pivotal experience for her as an artist. This volume is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography, including portraits, collages, Polaroids and other processes. The work is a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation. Working primarily in her studio, Thomas' portraits draw equally from memories of her mother, 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee, Édouard Manet's odalisque figures and the mise-en-scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé. The interior space of her studio, a reappearing character in many of her photographs and paintings, frequently takes on as much of a performative role as her models do. The space exudes a thick, cozy physicality from its layers of fur, rugs, wood paneling and multipatterned linoleum tiles—all of which are richly laden with sensory triggers of a 1970s American rumpus room.
The first monograph to present the diverse photographic work of one of the true icons of American style, Kelly Klein. Kelly Klein?s photography represents a clear and seductive distillation of the talents and interests that have fueled her career in fashion and design. Equal parts artist and stylist, photographer and fashionista, Klein is at once a revered documentarian of the people and tastes that intrigue her and an icon of classic American style herself.
After twenty-five years in the fashion industry, Klein turned her attention to photography and began a career that has blurred the lines between the worlds of art and fashion, passion and commerce. Collected here are photographs spanning her career to date, ranging from personal shots to intimate portraiture and editorial work commissioned for magazines such asVogue and Vanity Fair.
Edited by the artist, this is a stunning catalog of a rich and varied canon of work that juxtaposes the photographer?s contrasting styles to reveal a consistent sensibility?an effortlessness that reflects a natural translation of beauty in the images. From haunting still lifes and profound landscapes to glamorous candid snapshots and sophisticated fashion features, Klein?s unique eye is present throughout?an icon of style lending a touch of her own vision to everything she photographs.
Number of Pages: 151
Genre: Photography
Sub-Genre: Individual Photographer
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2015
TCIN: 17175742
UPC: 9781597113144
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-9245
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