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Artist Known for Using African-American Life & History as Subject Matter for His Paintings and Sculptures

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Kerry James Marshall is an artist who is known for his large-scale paintings and sculptures that use African-American life as their subject matter.

Marshall, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, was educated at the Otis Artist Institute in Los Angeles, from which he received a BFA and, in 1999, an honorary doctorate. In 1997, Marshall was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

The subject matter of his paintings, installations, and public projects is often drawn from African-American popular culture, and is rooted in the geography of his upbringing: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go,” said Marshall.

A striking aspect of Marshall’s paintings is the emphatically black skin tone of his figures -- a development the artist says emerged from an investigation into the invisibility of blacks in America and the unnecessarily negative connotations associated with darkness. The sheer beauty of his work speaks to an art that is simultaneously formally rigorous and socially engaged.

Marshall's artwork is closely related to the Black Arts movement, an African-American-led movement active during the 1960s and 1970s that conveyed a message of black pride.

Marshall resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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Kerry James Marshall

Artist Known for Using African-American Life & History as Subject Matter for His Paintings and Sculptures

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Kerry James Marshall Biography

Kerry James Marshall is an artist who is known for his large-scale paintings and sculptures that use African-American life as their subject matter.

Marshall, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, was educated at the Otis Artist Institute in Los Angeles, from which he received a BFA and, in 1999, an honorary doctorate. In 1997, Marshall was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

The subject matter of his paintings, installations, and public projects is often drawn from African-American popular culture, and is rooted in the geography of his upbringing: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go,” said Marshall.

A striking aspect of Marshall’s paintings is the emphatically black skin tone of his figures -- a development the artist says emerged from an investigation into the invisibility of blacks in America and the unnecessarily negative connotations associated with darkness. The sheer beauty of his work speaks to an art that is simultaneously formally rigorous and socially engaged.

Marshall's artwork is closely related to the Black Arts movement, an African-American-led movement active during the 1960s and 1970s that conveyed a message of black pride.

Marshall resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Kerry James Marshall wants to see black people in art, all the time ...
    Artist Kerry James Marshall discusses his relationship to the Old Masters and considers his inspiration for developing a "rhetoric of blackness" in...
  • Kerry James Marshall: In Conversation | Tate Talks
    Watch acclaimed American artist Kerry James Marshall discuss his career, work, and explorations of black culture.
  • MCA Talk: Kerry James Marshall
    Kerry James Marshall discusses his practice and the retrospective exhibition of his work at the MCA, April 23, 2016.

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  • How much does it cost to book Kerry James Marshall?

    Booking fees for Kerry James Marshall, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kerry James Marshall, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kerry James Marshall?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kerry James Marshall for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kerry James Marshall for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kerry James Marshall or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kerry James Marshall or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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  • Kerry James Marshall wants to see black people in art, all the time ...
    Artist Kerry James Marshall discusses his relationship to the Old Masters and considers his inspiration for developing a "rhetoric of blackness" in his painting series Mementos (1994–2003).
    Kerry James Marshall: In Conversation | Tate Talks
    Watch acclaimed American artist Kerry James Marshall discuss his career, work, and explorations of black culture.
  • MCA Talk: Kerry James Marshall
    Kerry James Marshall discusses his practice and the retrospective exhibition of his work at the MCA, April 23, 2016.

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