I've been asked to supervise the color reproductions for the MCA's forthcoming Kerry James Marshall catalogue. I’ve worked with Kerry's images in publications for many years for many museums across the country. His work presents a particular challenge because of the importance of the color black in his paintings. His blacks have variations in hue and richness—some are bluish, purplish, others are neutral. And though these differences are deliberate and very striking, it is a very difficult thing to reproduce with ink on paper. To prepare for this catalogue, I, as well as the designer and publishing team, have had the opportunity to see many of Kerry's works and have begun a process of experimenting and testing reproduction techniques to achieve the most faithful reproductions possible. This work, the artist's Untitled (Painter), is one of the first we looked at together, in the museum's art storeroom.
—Pat Goley, CEO, Professional Graphics