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Kerry James Marshall

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To You, From Me // Meditations on the Poetics of Revolution: A Letter to Kerry James Marshall   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Kerry James Marshall at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) April 23rd - September 25th
Posted 4/29/16
I. I don’t subscribe to transcendental notions, generally. I like for things to be firmly rooted in reality and then negotiate from there. I’m not evading, trying to avoid, or trying to distance myself from anything. Let’s get in it. As most of us recognize...no matter how dire circumstances seem to be for human beings, we always find a way to preserve the capacity for joy and the capacity for pleasure at the same time that we’re negotiating disturbing and troubling circums... [more]
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Kerry James Marshall at MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp October 4th, 2013 - February 2nd, 2014
Posted 11/29/13
In the eyes of European curators and collectors, Kerry James Marshall is a quintessentially African-American artist, dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a place far removed from the Old World. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but this can be the only explanation for the complete absence of Marshall’s work in European museum collections. Only two private collectors, one in London and one in Amsterdam, have actually bought paintings by the artist who in the United States is considered one of the g... [more]
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Reassessing MiddleCoast Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Design 99, Cody Critcheloe, Jeremiah Day, and Whoop Dee Doo, the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor's Compass Group, Scott Hocking, Kerry James Marshall, Greely Myatt, Marjetica Potrč, Julika Rudelius, Artur Silva, Deb Sokolow, Carnal Torpor, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago October 1st, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 10/26/09
        If “Heartland” at the Smart Museum were only another tired attempt to define “Midwestern-ness,” it would have failed before it began. Exhibitions that fall into this trap of showing “Midwestern-ness,” inevitably end up in condescending generalizations, or in forced comparisons, made to prove that “Midwesterners have culture too” which is equally condescending. Fortunately, “Heartland” is not such an exhibition. “Heartland,” is an exhibition that, for once, takes Midwestern art produc... [more]
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Kerry James Marshall at Koplin Del Rio Gallery September 6th, 2008 - October 24th, 2008
Posted 9/14/08
Continuing his vignette panels from recent years, Kerry James Marshall now looks to painters like Fragonard and Boucher for inspiration, placing Africa Americans in contemporary dress into Rococo idyllic scenes. What is interesting about the paintings is that they offer an alternate history, a potentially loaded history, without any fireworks or slogans. On extended viewing, the traumas underlying the gilded landscapes and leisure paintings of the late 18th and early 19th century come forward. On... [more]
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