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Kerry James Marshall’s Question

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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry opens on April 23, but prior to its opening, get to know the artist and the questions he’s pursuing in his art. This week, Chicago Magazine released an in-depth interview with Kerry James Marshall that includes a question fundamental to his body of work: Where are all the black people? Missing from the most well-known paintings in the canon of Western art, this absence of both black artists and subjects is something Marshall has set out to change through his paintings. Read the feature article and listen to Marshall discuss the black identity in the video below.

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What’s the point of making artwork . . . if it doesn’t . . . become influential or meaningful to the progress of somebody else?

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