Today Mickalene Thomas’s first solo museum exhibition opens at the Brooklyn Museum. It is great, and so is the Bk Museum’s website for the show. There’s a playlist Thomas has created and a slide show of the installation.
The show is subtitled “Origin of the Universe,” which is a reference to the Gustave Courbet painting “Origin of the World.” Thomas also interprets another iconic French work, Edouard Manet’s “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe” to fun effect. If she has made works of interiors or landscapes before, I’m not familiar with them, and saw some for the first time last night. A few of the interiors I loved but the landscapes were okay. I love when she has models and combinations of textiles, patterns, textures in the paintings. She’s represented by Lehmann Maupin here in New York. They will have an exhibition of work opening November 1. More