Kerry James Marshall

Texts by Charles Gaines, Laurence Rassel, and Greg Tate

Alabama-born, Chicago-based Kerry James Marshall is one of the most exciting artists working today. Critically and commercially acclaimed, the painter is known for his representation of the history of African-American identity in Western art. Conversant with a wide typology of styles, subjects, and techniques, from abstraction to realism and comics, Marshall synthesizes different traditions and genres in his work while seeking to counter stereotypical depictions of black people in society. This is the most comprehensive overview available of his remarkable career.


Publisher: Phaidon

Artists: Kerry James Marshall

Contributors: Charles Gaines, Laurence Rassel, Greg Tate

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 in (24.8 x 29.2 cm)

Pages: 160

Reproductions: 200 color

ISBN: 9780714871554

Retail: $49.95 | £29.95

Status: Available

Kerry James Marshall

With a career spanning almost three decades, Kerry James Marshall is well known for his paintings depicting actual and imagined events from African-American history. His complex and multilayered portrayals of youths, interiors, nudes, housing estate gardens, land- and seascapes synthesize different traditions and genres, while seeking to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society. Marshall also produces drawings in the style of comic books, sculptural installations, photography, and video. As with his paintings, these works accumulate various stylistic influences to address the historiography of black art, while at the same time drawing attention to the fact that they are not inherently partisan because their subjects are black.

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Charles Gaines

Charles Gaines is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles.

Laurence Rassel

Laurence Rassel is a Brussels-based curator and writer, previously director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona.

Greg Tate

Greg Tate is a musician and writer based in New York who regularly contributes to Village Voice and The New York Times.