Day 12: Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall makes no apologies for focusing on black America in his vibrant, large-scale paintings and sculptures. He opts for representational art over abstraction, yet he tends to portray his central figures in almost complete blackness, blurring many of the distinctive physical details while confronting racial stereotypes, race-based economic disparities, and African mythologies.
Watch this 2008 web episode from PBS’s Art21 as Kerry James Marshall explains the continuous dilemma many black artists face when it comes to labeling their works “black art.”
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30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.
Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.