VICE + Spotify – Music Loves Art – Episode 2: Sharon Jones and Mickalene Thomas

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Vice Meets Spotify – Music Loves Art continues with Episode 2 starring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Mickalene Thomas. VICE + Spotify are sponsoring a 4-part mini-series titled Music Loves Art. The series can be viewed on VICE.com.

Spotify LogoThe series is shot on location at Spotify’s Art Basel events held at the Ricochet Lounge in Miami Beach. Music Loves Art features exclusive rap-sessions and performances betwixt heavyweights from the music and art world.

Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

For this installment, two power houses from the modern feminist scene meet to discuss their respective artforms, their careers and share musings on modern femininity.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are the seminal funk/soul band of the 21stcentury. They are pioneers of  the revivalist movement that encapsulates the essence of funk/soul music birthed during the 1960s to mid-1970s.  Their discography includes:

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10:  Mickalene Thomas (R) a...
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Mickalene Thomas is a NY based artist is known for her gawdy and elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000, and her MFA from Yale University.  She is known for using the form of the black female as the basis for beauty. Her work explores “notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power. Reminiscent of 70s style Blaxploitation, the subjects in Thomas’ paintings radiate sexuality. Women in provocative poses sprawl across the picture plane and are surrounded by kitschy decorative patterns inspired by her childhood.” Her work is highly provocative and distorts general standards of normalcy and beauty.  A few of the renowned galleries to show her work include:

  • Santa BarbaraContemporary Arts Forum, CA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit
  • The Renaissance Society in Chicago
  • Dumbo Arts in Harlem in New York
Stay tuned for reviews on Episode 3 – 4.
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