Kerry James Marshall, ‘Untitled’, 1996, Phillips
Kerry James Marshall, ‘Untitled’, 1996, Phillips
Kerry James Marshall, ‘Untitled’, 1996, Phillips

Frame 19 x 19 x 2 in. (48.3 x 48.3 x 5.1 cm.)
Flag 12 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (32.4 x 26.4 cm.)
Dowel Length 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.)
Installed 27 x 19 x 16 1/4 in. (68.6 x 48.3 x 41.3 cm.)

Signature: signed and dated "KERRY JAMES MARSHALL 96" lower right of frame element; further signed and dated "K. J. Marshall 96" lower right of flag element

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Benefit Auction, 1996 (courtesy of the artist)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Kerry James Marshall

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.

American, b. 1955, Birmingham, Alabama, based in Chicago, Illinois