May 15, 2001, 2003


Four color screenprint on Arches 88 paper

20.00 x 15.75 in

50.8 x 40.0 cm

Edition of 60

Pencil signed, titled, and numbered lower margin. Blind stamped.


About The Work

This is a long sold out, extremely desirable, important Kerry James Marshall graphic work, done in collaboration with master printer Randy Hemminghaus. Created in 2003, this earlier work represents themes relating to the commodification of art that would preoccupy the artist and that he would reprise over the next 15 years, culminating in his internationally acclaimed 2018 "History of Painting (May 16, 2007). The present work, "May 15, 2001 resembles a grocery store’s advertising circular. Instead of depicting vegetables or canned goods, Kerry James Marshall “advertises” works by modern and contemporary artists, along with their auction prices, from a sale at Sotheby’s held on May 15, 2001. Like all of Marshall’s work, this image percolates with embedded references to the African American experience and the traditions of art history: the names of Caucasian artists and artists of color are intermingled and some are occluded; salient at upper left is a blurry, iconic little reproduction of Jeff Koons’s garish gilt ceramic portrait of Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988), from that artist’s Banality series. The figure, racially ambiguous and ambiguously parodic, sets off a sequence of reverberations that ripple through the image: Koons to Lichtenstein to Warhol to Pollock; Jackson to Basquiat to Puryear to Gallagher. Black and white artists intermingle, their values declared in fat, deadpan numbers and their boldface names claiming the visual space once granted to images. In this context, Basquiat’s tiny black silhouette Furious Man (1982) appears in skeptical dialogue with Koons’s more placid sculpture. In keeping with one of Marshall’s longstanding preoccupations, May 15, 2001 makes layered references to art history. The artist slyly acknowledges the critical interventions of Hans Haacke and the Guerrilla Girls, who have harshly interrogated the financial underpinnings of the art world, and provides a tongue-in-cheek commentary on Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans, now temporarily restored to their original non-art place on the shelves of the American supermarket.

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About Kerry James Marshall

From The Magazine

  • Printed by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, NY, with the blind stamp lower left. Published by the College Art Association, NY, with the blind stamp lower left.

  • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 27.50" x 22.50" x 1.50".
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