on the Kerry James Marshall microsite
Kerry James Marshall’s paintings, in addition to being big and beautiful to behold, are packed with a wide range of references, such as Renaissance painting techniques, medical diagrams, Motown tunes, and Disney. That said, his works don’t come across as history lessons; they’re fun to parse through, like a visual puzzle that gets more and more interesting the longer, and closer, you look. We’ve selected a number of works on view in Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, open through September 25, to feature on the exhibition website, like the painting above. Each number points out a detail to look for when you next visit the museum and hints at the story behind the work. You can also read some of the essays from the catalogue, too.