The Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission presents major works by internationally established artists in the BMA’s most public and welcoming space. It seeks to make the leading edge of contemporary art accessible and engaging to diverse audiences, providing an entry way to art for all.
Mickalene Thomas will be the inaugural artist for the Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission. The internationally recognized, Brooklyn-based artist makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.