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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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Artist: Kerry James Marshall
May 15 2001, signed silkscreen cultural commentary famed African American artist
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
Kerry James Marshall May 15, 2001, 2003 Four color silkscreen on Arches 88 paper Pencil signed, dated and numbered 39/60 on the front. Bears printer's blind stamp Vintage frame incl...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Kerry James Marshall Art

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Screen, Pencil, Graphite

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL Woman, 2010 - Hand-Signed
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26.25 x 21 inches ( 66.675 x 53.34 cm ) Image Size: 15.75 x 12 inches ( 40.005 x 30.48 cm ) Framed: Yes Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: This is signed and numbere...
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2010s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL Untitled (Frankenstein), 2010 - Hand-Signed
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 24.5 x 19 inches ( 62.23 x 48.26 cm ) Image Size: 16 x 12 inches ( 40.64 x 30.48 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Hand signed, titled, dated and nu...
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2010s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Etching

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL Handsome Young Man, 2010 - Hand-Signed
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26.25 x 21 inches ( 66.675 x 53.34 cm ) Image Size: 16 x 11.75 inches ( 40.64 x 29.845 cm ) Framed: Yes Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Hand signed, titled, dated...
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2010s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Set of Six (Six) Scout Series Embroidered textile Patches brand new and sealed
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, Mixed Media

Keeping the Culture. mixed media signed print, renowned African American artist
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 30-1/4 inches Hand signed, titled and numbered 79/100 by Kerry James Marshall in graphite pencil on the front Published by Africa House International, Chicago Unframed Kerry James Marshall's 2011 "Keeping the Culture" is based upon the artist's eponymous painting done the year earlier. Marshall, along with his dealer, were voted by ArtReview the top two of the 100 most influential people in the art world of 2018 - even ahead of the #MeToo movement, and ahead of figures like Jeff Koons, Larry Gagosian and Eli Broad! His paintings now sell for tens of millions of dollars - after P. Diddy paid $21 million for a painting. The present work "Keeping the Culture" is an extremely desirable work of art and exemplifies Marshall's style. For a feature profile/article written for Marshall's first retrospective - a blockbuster show entitled "MASRY" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Met Breuer in New York, Barbara Isenberg of the LA Times wrote: ." The New York Times called the show “smashing” and its subject “one of the great history painters of our time.” The New York Review of Books and Artforum magazine put large images from the show on their January covers. “I’ve been acutely aware that museums are behind their academic colleagues in terms of thinking of representation and people of color,” MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth says. “I find Kerry’s paintings ravishing — they are drop dead, great paintings — and they have an extra level of reward for people who hold in their heads a history of Western painting.” Marshall is a compelling storyteller, whether on canvas or in conversation. Talking at length during a visit to MOCA, he is easygoing but eloquent, recalling his neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., where he was born in 1955, or about growing up black there and in Los Angeles. He remembers the names of teachers who encouraged him. Asked when he first began to notice a lack of black subjects...
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2010s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Screen, Pencil, Mixed Media, Linocut

MOCA LA Street Banner (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in New York, NY
Kerry James Marshall MOCA LA Street Banner (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), 2017 Silkscreen on Vinyl 95 × 34 inches Unframed This large, banner is amazing and super dramati...
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2010s Contemporary Kerry James Marshall Art

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Plastic, Screen

Kerry James Marshall Banner Authentic Mastry Exhibition
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Draper, UT
Mastry 2017 Exhibition Banner Actual Banner Prominently Displayed in Downtown LA Throughout a career spanning four decades, Kerry James Marshall has continuously interrogated and addressed the omission of black individuals from the Western art-historical canon. Across painting and a variety of different media, his complex and multilayered portrayals synthesize disparate genres, while seeking to counter stereotypical representations. As Lanka Tattersall notes, "Marshall's determination to mark the historical absence of black bodies in the Western canon of painting and his emphatic, programmatic insertion of blackness into the field of art are carried through the literal matter—the pigments—of his paintings."1 Marshall was born in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, earning his B.F.A. in 1978 and an honorary doctorate in 1999. In 2014, Marshall joined David Zwirner...
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Vinyl

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

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

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

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

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

Mastry New and Sealed Exhibition Hardcover Catalogue
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Draper, UT
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

Kerry James Marshall-Untitled (Handsome Young Man)-24.5" x 19"-Etching-2010
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 24.5 x 19 inches ( 62.23 x 48.26 cm ) Image Size: 16 x 12 inches ( 40.64 x 30.48 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: 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

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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Etching

Kerry James Marshall Souvenir 1 Pillow Sham Mastry Los Angeles
By Kerry James Marshall
Located in Draper, UT
200 Produced on behalf of the 2017 Mastry Exhibition in Los Angeles Condition is sealed in original plastic 19 x 25 inches Digital Screenprint on Cotton Percale and Cotton Duck Thr...
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2010s Kerry James Marshall Art

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Cotton

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Find a wide variety of authentic Kerry James Marshall art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Kerry James Marshall in cord, thread, fabric and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Kerry James Marshall art, so small editions measuring 3 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of David Salle, Gigi Mills, and Jose Bedia. Kerry James Marshall art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $500 and tops out at $60,000, while the average work can sell for $2,800.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
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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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