This Kerry James Marshall exhibition starts with his seminal 1980 masterpiece, A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self, and gradually takes us through to his most recent works. A common thread connects them all: the exploration of African-American culture.
In his portraits and landscapes, the artist seeks to make the invisible visible by daring to ally the spirit of Renaissance figurative painting with American abstraction, and, most recently, with the vernacular of comics. His exuberant use of colour and line at times calls to mind Haitian naive painting, yet more likely sources of inspiration are his Alabaman origins, his childhood in Watts, his studies in Los Angeles with social realist painter Charles White, and his participation in the residency program at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
Museum of Contemporay Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
From 23 April to 25 September 2016
From 7 USD