Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall was born in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Marshall’s life and career both serve as testimonies to the lived experience of black people in America. Marshall has said, “you can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955 and grow up in South Central 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 canon undertakes as a central motif the representation of black protagonists within the landscape of traditional American iconography.
By incorporating African aesthetics into American vignettes the artist creates narrative scenes that spotlight black stereotypes while also serving to show the humanity obscured by them. Often monumental in size and scope, many Marhsall paintings and prints juxtapose colorful scenery with more somber realities, and feature black figures whose very blackness is frequently exaggerated, epathisizing and emphasizing the way blacks are culturally isolated and viewed.
Marshall studied at the Otis College of Art and Design, graduating in 1978. He received widespread recognition including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 1997. In 2015 The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago assembled a landmark retrospective of his work: Mastery which received widespread critical acclaim. The artist’s work
on paper are currently the focus of an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Marshall’s latest show, “History of Painting”, recently debuted at the David Zwirner Gallery in London.
Museum collections which hold works by the artist include the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Marshall lives and works in Chicago.
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Vignette (Wishing Well) 2010
Color aquatint etching
Somerset white paper
Paper size 53" x 41"
Edition of 50