|Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). Qusuquzah, une très belle négresse #2, 2011–12. Rhinestones, acrylic, and oil on wood panel. Collection of Juwan Howard, Miami|
With her first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Mickalene Thomas has made a strong and shining mark with Origins of the Universe in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor. The show runs from September 28, 2012–January 20, 2013 and exhibits Thomas’ familiar work in rhinestones and acrylics in relation to African American women but also exhibits 75 works commissioned especially for the show (90 are present in the show in total). In the recent work, Thomas is exploring the relationship between interior and exterior space to the female body and creates thought provoking inquiry on how space is integral in conversation to the female figure and our culture.
|The installations of domestic interiors are a must-see in the exhibition!|
|Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). Interior: Two Chairs and Fireplace, 2011. Mixed-media collage. Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr., Richmond, Virginia|
Thomas’ work is informed by art history masters in portraiture, landscape and still life such as Romare Bearden and Gustave Courbet which she combines with African American female subjects creating a powerful conversation on culture and the parameters of culture.
|Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). Din, une très belle négresse #2, 2012. Rhinestones, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panel, 102 x 84 x 2 in. (259.1 x 213.4 x 5.1 cm). Private Collection, Boston. Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Mickalene Thomas, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Christopher Burke Studio
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