The exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe derives its title from Gustave Courbets Origine du monde(1866), a cheeky, erotic painting of a naked woman lying on a bed, legs spread to reveal a full-frontal view.
One of the first works a visitor to the Gallery of Lost Art encounters is a drawing by Willem de Kooning. Most would not immediately think of this drawing as lost, or even worthy of art historical consideration in its own right.
The artist investigates the blurring between the local and the global, Africa and the Western worlda tension that is equally evident in his biography.
A postcard-sized photograph of the cave paintings at Lascaux is the first image in Trevor Paglens exhibition at Metro Pictures. In what is today southwestern France, early humans applied mineral pigments to walls of stone, bringing forth images of animals, human figures, and symbols that remain enigmatic over 17,000 years later.