Exhibitions: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

Mickalene Thomas: Green and White Couch

This painting, an example of Thomas’s recent depictions of deliberately styled, uninhabited interiors, highlights the embellishment of the room, including the furnishings and the play among patterned fabrics, textured surfaces, and tonal contrasts. Such interiors reflect the influence of The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, an eighteen-volume set published in 1970, which Thomas came across in a thrift shop and whose illustrations provided source material for some of her collages and paintings.