Kerry James Marshall

Born 1955
Hometown Birmingham, Alabama
Lives and Works Chicago, Illinois
Education
Honorary Doctorate, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California, 1999
BFA, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California, 1978

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

The MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

David Zwirner Gallery, New York, New York

Celebrated artist Kerry James Marshall’s painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography seek to reveal “black existential realities without sacrificing a sense of majesty.” Born in the Jim Crow South, he moved to South Central Los Angeles in 1963—two elements that strongly influenced the foundation of social responsibility in his practice. Art history and elements of high and low art are woven into his works, uncovering storylines of black history often ignored by the Western art canon. Integrating visual cues from black folk art, the Renaissance, and comic books, among others, he addresses black identity and representation with figures that are “unequivocally, emphatically black.” He questions the impact of money on these renderings, using symbols of power and access to address subjects including sexuality and power. Marshall’s unflinching dedication to “confronting racial stereotypes, race-based economic disparities, and African mythologies” provokes his viewer to acknowledge the transgressions of the past to reimagine their own present.


Marshall has had his work exhibited at institutions including Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio, Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Brooklyn Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Art, California, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, among many others. He participated in the Whitney Biennial in 1997, the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2015, and the Gwangju Biennale in 2009. He was the winner of a MacArthur Foundation Grant in 2007, a Yale University Fellowship in 2011, and the Wolfgang Hahn Prize by Museum Ludwig in 2014, to name a few.

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