Kerry James Marshall at Jack Shainman Gallery

Kerry James Marshall, “Untitled (painter)”, 2008. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

Recent paintings by Art21 artist Kerry James Marshall (Season 1) are on view May 22 through July 3, 2008 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. The exhibition, titled Black Romantic, is the artist’s first solo show at the gallery in many years.

According to the website ArtCal, Marshall takes his show title from the 2002 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, curated by Thelma Golden. Using Golden’s Black Romantic as a point of departure, Marshall continues his exploration of the black figure represented in pictorial space. Whereas Golden “explored populist notions of ‘Black Art’ and the uncritical realm of image making,” Marshall “investigates the critical pretensions of the fine art establishment in which he participates.” In these new works, the artist employs genres of painting, ranging from seascapes to classical artist self-portraits. Marshall will also present a mixed media sculptural installation.

Jack Shainman Gallery is located at 513 West 20th Street. An opening reception takes place tomorrow from 6-8pm.

Watch the Art:21 video “A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of his Former Self,” to hear Marshall discuss the first painting in which he used his signature black figure.


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  2. Joyce says:

    It is always a joy to see more of Marshall’s work. He sets a high standard and gives hope to us artists who have engaged in images of ourselves for years.

    Thanks Kerry.


  3. stephen fakiyesi says:

    Hi Kerry,

    We met in one of your classes in 2001 at UIC, I ended up going to UCLA, and then again at the Free Style panel discussion in LA. Drop me an email I would love to connect with you.


  4. sarah tittleton says:

    Hi Kerry,
    I just love your work, so true about Art having a meaning behide it………..

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