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Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting



Loaded issues of blackness: Kerry James Marshall’s <EM>Untitled (Dog Walker),</EM> 2018© KERRY JAMES MARSHALLCOURTESY THE ARTIST AND DAVID ZWIRNER
Loaded issues of blackness: Kerry James Marshallís Untitled (Dog Walker), 2018
© KERRY JAMES MARSHALL
COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DAVID ZWIRNER
Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting
ENGLAND
LONDON  •  David Zwirner  •  Until 10 November 2018
 

This is the American artistís first exhibition of new work since his critically acclaimed retrospective, Mastry, and his second solo presentation with the David Zwirner gallery.

Through its formal acuity, Kerry James Marshallís (b. 1955) work reveals and questions the social constructs of beauty, taste, and power. As the artist has written, "I gave up on the idea of making Art a long time ago, because I wanted to know how to make paintings; but once I came to know that, reconsidering the question of what Art is returned as a critical issue."1 Engaged in an ongoing dialogue with six centuries of representational painting, Marshall has deftly reinterpreted and updated its tropes, compositions, and styles, even pulling talismans from the canvases of his forebearers and recontextualizing them within a modern setting. At the center of his prodigious oeuvre, which also includes drawings and sculpture, is the critical recognition of the conditions of invisibility so long ascribed to black bodies in the Western pictorial tradition, and the creation of what he calls a "counter-archive" that reinscribes these figures within its narrative arc.

A fully illustrated catalogue, including new scholarship by Teju Cole and others, is forthcoming from David Zwirner Books.



David Zwirner Website


Contact: David Zwirner
24 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EZ

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