Levy Gorvy – Mickalene Thomas: Beyond the Pleasure Principle

22 Old Bond St, London W1S 4PY - (30 September - 13 November, 2021)
Mickalene Thomas, Jet Blue #29, 2021 Rhinestones, fiberglass mesh, acrylic, chalk pastel, oil pastel, mixed media paper, and archival pigment prints on museum paper mounted on Dibond with maple wood frame 94 7/8 x 65 5/8 inches (241 x 166.7 cm), © The Artist, Image Courtesy of Levy Gorvy

On September 30, Lévy Gorvy will open Mickalene Thomas’ Beyond the Pleasure Principle in London, the second chapter of a multipart exhibition that will unfold across four international cities during fall 2021 to present interconnected bodies of new work, ranging from painting and collage to installation and video. Over the past 20 years, Thomas has cultivated a distinctive vocabulary of Black erotica, Black female sexuality, and Black queer aesthetic and thought within her multidisciplinary practice to producing and exhibiting her work. With the sequential premieres of Beyond the Pleasure Principle in the gallery’s locations in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong, Thomas sets out to formally, spatially, and philosophically draw attention to the central study of her art: the power and desirability of Black women, and their presence, imprint, and legacy in global avant-garde visual culture.

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