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Kerry James Marshall


MCA Chicago



This publication accompanies a major retrospective exhibition that focuses on Kerry James Marshall’s paintings made over the last thirty-five years. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. The comprehensive monograph provides a sustained consideration of the artist’s reinvention of American history and landscape painting and portraiture and establishes his standing as one of American’s greatest living painters. The catalogue features a foreword by Thomas P. Campbell, Madeleine Grynsztejn, and Philippe Vergne, and text by Ian Alteveer, Kerry James Marshall, Helen Molesworth, Dieter Roelstraete, and Lanka Tattersall.

Table of Contents

6 Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn
9 Directors’ Acknowledgments
11 Curators’ Acknowledgments
15 A Different Light: Kerry James Marshall’s Western Exposure by Ian Alteveer
27 Thinking of a Mastr Plan: Kerry James Marshall and the Museum by Helen Molesworth
45 Visible Man: Kerry James Marshall, Realist by Dieter Roelstraete
57 Black Lives, Matter by Lanka Tattersall
71 Shall I Compare Thee . . . ? by Kerry James Marshall
81 Plates
225 Writings by Kerry James Marshall, 2000–15
257 Artist’s Biography
258 Selected Bibliography
261 Checklist of the Exhibition
265 Kerry James Marshall Selects: Works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
268 Lenders to the Exhibition
269 Exhibition Sponsors
270 Contributors
273 Index