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MCA Chicago
Chicago
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Photo © 2015, courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago.

One of the most lauded figurative painters working today, Kerry James Marshall challenges the marginalization of African Americans with canvases that both revere and subvert the Western canon. The artist’s extensive knowledge of art history, including Black folk art, contributes to the formal rigor of his compositions. His subject matter derives from Black culture and stereotypes, as well as his own life experience. Marshall’s paintings often explode with color, while their central protagonists are always painted with deep, unequivocal black pigments. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997 and has exhibited at Documenta and the Venice Biennale, as well as in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. On the secondary market, Marshall’s work regularly sells for seven figures. The artist also makes drawings, videos, and installations.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene ThomasSeattle Art Museum
2016
Kerry James Marshall: MastryMCA Chicago
2013
Kerry James Marshall: DOLLAR FOR DOLLARJack Shainman Gallery
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Slow Dance, 1992-1993

Mixed media and acrylic on unstretched canvas
75 1/4 × 75 1/4 in
191.1 × 191.1 cm
Location
Chicago
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MC
MCA Chicago
Chicago
Medium
Image rights
Photo © 2015, courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago.

One of the most lauded figurative painters working today, Kerry James Marshall challenges the marginalization of African Americans with canvases that both revere and subvert the Western canon. The artist’s extensive knowledge of art history, including Black folk art, contributes to the formal rigor of his compositions. His subject matter derives from Black culture and stereotypes, as well as his own life experience. Marshall’s paintings often explode with color, while their central protagonists are always painted with deep, unequivocal black pigments. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997 and has exhibited at Documenta and the Venice Biennale, as well as in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. On the secondary market, Marshall’s work regularly sells for seven figures. The artist also makes drawings, videos, and installations.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

Series by this artist

Other works from Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
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