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Souvenir I, 1997

Acrylic, collage, and glitter on unstretched canvas
108 × 156 in
274.3 × 396.2 cm
Location
Chicago
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MCA Chicago
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Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

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© 1997 Kerry James Marshall. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © 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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Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

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© 1997 Kerry James Marshall. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © 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.

Souvenir I, 1997

Acrylic, collage, and glitter on unstretched canvas
108 × 156 in
274.3 × 396.2 cm
Location
Chicago
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