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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
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Kerry James Marshall

Born in Birmingham, AL, 1955
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

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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Education

1999 Honorary Doctorate, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
1978 B.F.A., Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Portraits, Pin-Ups and Wistful Romantic Idylls, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, CA
Kerry James Marshall: Black Romantic, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Rhythm Master, Mass Moca, Boston, MA
2005 Kerry James Marshall: Along the Way, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; traveled to BALTIC Centre for
Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK; Modern Art Oxford,
Oxford, UK [cat.]
2004 Color Blind: A Selection of New Work, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA
Drawings, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2003 One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL;
traveled to Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham,
AL; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Heartland Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL
Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Lincoln: Man, Myth, and Memory, Wadsworth Antheneum, Hartford CT
Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
2007 Collection In Context: Four Decades,Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY                          
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Taking Possession, UALR University of Arkanasas, Little Rock, AK
Counterparts: Contemporary Painters and their Influences, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA [cat.]
Cult Fiction: Art and Comics, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK; traveled to The
New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK; Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, UK; Leeds City Art Gallery,
Leeds, UK; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK; Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle,
Cumbria, UK [cat.]
Portraiture Now: Framing Memory, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
2006 Black Panther Rank and File, YBCA Galleries at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA;
traveled to Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Maryland Institute
College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art
, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2005 Drawing from the Modern, 1975 – 2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY [cat.]
Looking at Words: The Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen
Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


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.



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