Kerry James Marshall : Painting and Other Stuff


Kerry James Marshall, Believed to be a Portrait of David Walker (Circa 1830), 2009 Courtesy The Deighton Collection, London

exhibition in MUHKA Antwerp, Belgium, until 02 February 2014
Kerry James Marshall is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of his generation. Strongly influenced by his experiences as a young man, Marshall has developed a substantial body of work that centres on the black subject – in particular consideration of the black experience and the politics of African-American identity, contextualising the subject through references to history and culture. Also addressing art history, the artist strives to fill what he describes as ”the lack in the image bank”, raising pertinent questions about how the art system sustains itself, as well as the related issues of legitimation, power, and marginalisation.