Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (policeman), 2015. Acrylic on PVC panel with plexiglass frame, 60 × 60 in (152.4 × 152.4 cm). Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
In conjunction with the New Museum’s exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host a series of artist conversations highlighting the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.
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Kerry James Marshall is internationally recognized as one of the great painters of our time. His exquisite portraits, richly-textured narrative scenes, and arresting portrayals of historical events all feature unequivocally Black subjects rendered with remarkable beauty and humanity. Born in Birmingham, Alabama at the onset of the civil rights movement, and raised in Los Angeles where he studied painting with the acclaimed artist Charles White, Marshall centers and elevates the Black experience in the United States, bestowing compassion and dignity to subjects long absent in Eurocentric painting traditions. Marshall is now based in Chicago.
Marshall’s work has been exhibited in many American and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2003) and two Documentas (1997 and 2007). Recent solo exhibitions include “Kerry James Marshall: Mastery” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016) and “In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall” at the National Gallery of Art (2013), among others. Marshall’s work is included in several public museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Harvard Art Museums; Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and many others.