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Kerry James Marshall Art

American, b. 1955

In his multifaceted work, Kerry James Marshall strives to address “the lack in the image bank” by elevating Black figures who have been excluded from Western art. Using a variety of black pigments, the artist heightens the skin tones of his subjects to honor their identities rather than ignore them. Best known for his large-scale paintings, Marshall also works in collage, photography, video and other media.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Marshall later grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where his family relocated in 1963. As he studied art, including at the Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles, he was struck by the absence of Black bodies in art history and museums. At the age of 25, he painted A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980). Its central figure, whose features almost merge with the background in their varying shades of black, references Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the protagonist of which cannot be seen as a human being by other members of society because he is Black. For Marshall, A Portrait marked the start of an ongoing examination of the simultaneous visibility and invisibility of Black Americans.

Marshall’s practice has continued to concentrate on confronting stereotypes in the Black experience by celebrating joy and commemorating moments of Black history. His paintings frequently engage with the white-dominated traditions of the art historical canon by borrowing elements of style ranging from the Renaissance to the abstract movements of the 20th century. While he has said that he is driven by a sense of social responsibility for what he witnessed growing up in the South before the Civil Rights Act and in Los Angeles during the Watts riots of 1965, Marshall doesn’t focus on trauma in his works’ narrative scenes. Instead, they regularly depict people involved in everyday activities yet portrayed with the monumentality of a tableau painting.

Now based in Chicago, Marshall is recognized as one of the country’s leading contemporary painters, with a 2016 retrospective, "Mastry," touring the MCA Chicago, MOCA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2018, his painting Marshall’s Past Times (1997) sold for $21.1 million, the highest ever auction price for a work by a living Black artist.

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Memento
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
Kerry James Marshall Memento, 1997 6-Color lithograph with gold powder on soft white Somerset paper with deckled edges Pencil signed, titled and numbered 6/33 on the front This is an...
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1990s Realist Kerry James Marshall Art

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Gold

Set of Six (Six) Scout Series Embroidered Patches
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
KERRY JAMES MARSHALL Set of Six (Six) Scout Series Embroidered Patches, 2017 Rayon thread on poly twill backed embroidered patches, set of six. Brand new in original packaging. Large...
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2010s Realist Kerry James Marshall Art

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Textile

SCOUT (BOY)
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
comes with original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Thread

Keeping the Culture
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
Kerry James Marshall Keeping the Culture, 2011 Silkscreen and linocut in colors with full margins and deckled edges on Arches paper with full margins and deckled edges 20-1/4 x 30-1/...
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2010s Pop Art Kerry James Marshall Art

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Linocut, Screen

DEN MOTHER
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
comes with original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Thread

SCOUT SERIES SET OF 6
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
comes with original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Thread

MOCA LA banner
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Double sided vinyl banner produced in 2017 on the occasion of the exhibition Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at MOCA March 12-July 3, 2017.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Plastic

BROWNIE
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
comes with original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Thread

CUB SCOUT
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Washington , DC, DC
comes with original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Thread

May 15, 2001
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
Kerry James Marshall May 15, 2001, 2003 Four color silkscreen on Arches 88 paper Bears two hand signatures by the artist: Pencil signed, dated and numbered 50/60 on the front. Bears...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Screen

Mastry New and Sealed Exhibition Hardcover Catalogue
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Atlanta, GA
The definitive monograph on contemporary African American painter Kerry James Marshall, accompanying a major traveling retrospective. This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of ...
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Archival Paper

Vignette (Wishing Well)
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand signed, titled, dated and numbered out of 50 in pencil by Marshall. Color aquatint, spitbite aquatint and sugarlift aquatint with softground and hardground etching, scrape and b...
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

Kerry James Marshall-Untitled (Handsome Young Man)-24.5" x 19"-Etching-2010
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand signed, titled, dated and numbered out of 50 in pencil by Marshall. Hardground etching with aquatint printed on Somerset white paper. Published by Paulson Fontaine Press.
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

SMMoA 20th Anniversary Plate by Kerry James Marshall
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Limited edition plate featuring art by Kerry James Marshall. Signed and numbered 118 of an edition of 125 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  
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Early 2000s Modern Kerry James Marshall Art

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Ceramic

Untitled (Bride of Frankenstein)
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Berkeley, CA
Hardground Etching
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

Untitled (Frankenstein)
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Berkeley, CA
Hardground Etching
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Frankenstein
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
2010, hardground etching, 22 1/2 x 19 inches, edition of 50, signed and numbered along bottom
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21st Century and Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Kerry James Marshall is famous for using a variety of black pigments to depict themes of the black experience and history. His works confront stereotypes of African-Americans by celebrating and commemorating moments in their history. Browse a selection of Kerry James Marshall art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Kerry Marshall's art is in galleries and museums located around the world. Some of these institutions include Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, UK; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California; the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. You'll find a selection of Kerry Marshall art on 1stDibs.
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    Kerry James Marshall is known for his acrylic paintings that pair realism with elements of collage and signage. Strongly influenced by childhood experiences in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, his art reflects this by confronting racial stereotypes in contemporary society. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.

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