Artist Mickalene Thomas takes on Monet, and art history itself

For “Mickalene Thomas: Avec Monet,” the American artist created works that reflect on the French painter and move Black women into the foreground

Artist Mickalene Thomas sits in her studio in Brooklyn. “Mickalene Thomas: Avec Monet” is her first exhibition at a museum in France. (Elias Williams for The Washington Post)
Artist Mickalene Thomas sits in her studio in Brooklyn. “Mickalene Thomas: Avec Monet” is her first exhibition at a museum in France. (Elias Williams for The Washington Post)

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Little distinguishes the exterior of artist Mickalene Thomas’s Brooklyn studio from the surrounding businesses and buildings. Her workspace is on an unremarkable street in the Fort Greene area, and its entryway is partially obscured by a block-long

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