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A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self, 1980

Egg tempera on paper
8 × 6 1/2 in
20.3 × 16.5 cm
Location
Chicago
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Steven and Deborah Lebowitz

Steven and Deborah Lebowitz

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Photo: Matthew Fried, © MCA Chicago
Kerry James Marshall
American, b. 1955
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Kerry James Marshall challenges the marginalization of African-Americans through his formally rigorous paintings, drawings, videos, and installations, whose central protagonists are always, in his words, “unequivocally, emphatically black.” As he describes, his work is rooted in his life experience: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it.” Marshall’s erudite knowledge of art history and black folk art structures his compositions; he mines black culture and stereotypes for his unflinching subject matter. In Black Star (2011), a nude black woman bursts through a Frank Stella-like canvas, commanding attention and daring viewers to consider how she has been (and how she should be) seen and portrayed.

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Steven and Deborah Lebowitz

Steven and Deborah Lebowitz

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Photo: Matthew Fried, © MCA Chicago
Kerry James Marshall
American, b. 1955
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Kerry James Marshall challenges the marginalization of African-Americans through his formally rigorous paintings, drawings, videos, and installations, whose central protagonists are always, in his words, “unequivocally, emphatically black.” As he describes, his work is rooted in his life experience: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it.” Marshall’s erudite knowledge of art history and black folk art structures his compositions; he mines black culture and stereotypes for his unflinching subject matter. In Black Star (2011), a nude black woman bursts through a Frank Stella-like canvas, commanding attention and daring viewers to consider how she has been (and how she should be) seen and portrayed.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self, 1980

Egg tempera on paper
8 × 6 1/2 in
20.3 × 16.5 cm
Location
Chicago
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