Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe is the first monograph on the artist, and accompanies her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Her elaborate and colorful paintings feature African American women, often posed provocatively against rich, 1970s-themed backgrounds adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and acrylics. Thomas draws from earlier traditions of portraiture to arrive at her contemporary sensibility. This book features a wide array of full-color reproductions of her work across media, including photo collages and provocative landscapes, along with an interview with the artist and critical texts that elucidate her investigations of femininity, sexuality, and power, and provide extensive context for her oeuvre as a whole. Bound in linen.