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A Kerry James Marshall Playlist

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Kerry James Marshall, 7 am Sunday Morning, 2003. Acrylic on canvas banner; 120 x 216 in. (304.8 x 548.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.16 Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago

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Visible or not, music permeates Kerry James Marshall’s artwork; sometimes appearing as actual lyrics and musical notes, sometimes just existing as inspiration, playing in Marshall’s studio while he works. Here we’ve assembled a Kerry James Marshall playlist, based on the music referenced in his work—look for a deeper exploration of his art, music, and references on our “Mastry” microsite, coming very soon.

Slow Dance, 1992–93

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Kerry James Marshall, Slow Dance, 1992–93. Mixed media and acrylic on canvas; 75 ¼ x 74 ¼ in. (191.1 x 188.6 cm). Lent by the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago; Purchase, Smart Family Foundation Fund for Contemporary Art, and Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions Photo © 2015 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

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Past Times, 1997

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Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997. Acrylic and collage on canvas; 114 x 156 in. (289.6 x 396.2 cm). Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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Untitled (Vignette), 2012

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Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Vignette), 2012. Acrylic on PVC; 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm). From the Collection of Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Anita Blanchard. © Kerry James Marshall, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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7 am Sunday Morning, 2003

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Kerry James Marshall, 7 am Sunday Morning, 2003. Acrylic on canvas banner; 120 x 216 in. (304.8 x 548.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.16. Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago

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