Texts by Elizabeth Alexander, Ian Alteveer, Helen Molesworth, Dieter Roelstraete, and Abigail Winograd

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is the definitive monograph on contemporary African American painter Kerry James Marshall, accompanying a major traveling retrospective. This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of Kerry James Marshall, one of America’s greatest living painters. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. Best known for large-scale interiors, landscapes, and portraits featuring powerful black figures, Marshall explores narratives of African American history from slave ships to the present and draws upon his deep knowledge of art history from the Renaissance to twentieth-century abstraction, as well as other sources such as the comic book and the muralist tradition. With luscious color and brushstrokes and highly detailed patterning, his direct and intimate scenes of black middle-class life conjure a wide range of emotions, resulting in powerful paintings that confront the position of African Americans throughout American history. Richly illustrated, this monumental book features essays by noted curators as well as the artist, and more than 100 paintings from throughout the artist’s career arranged thematically by subject: history painting; beauty, as expressed through the nude, portraiture, and self-portraiture; landscape; religion; and the politics of black nationalism.

Forthcoming in April 2016

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
April 23 – September 25, 2016

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
October 25, 2016 – January 30, 2017

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2017


Review

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Brooklyn Rail, by Hovey Brock
December 6, 2016


Review

The Triumph of the Chickens

Hyperallergic, by John Yau
November 19, 2016


Review

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Bookforum, by Albert Mobilio
June/July/August 2016

#Download PDF


Profile

Kerry James Marshall/Profile of the Artist

The Seen, by Caroline Picard
April 2016


Interview

Kerry James Marshall's Mastry

Interview Magazine, by Antwaun Sargent
April 22, 2016


Interview

Kerry James Marshall changing the narrative of art history

Chicago Sun Times, by Kyle MacMillan
April 19, 2016


Profile

In His Own Image

Financial Times Magazine, by Julie Belcove
April9/April 10, 2016

#Download PDF


Profile

The Painter of Modern Life

ARTnews, by Sarah Douglas
March 1, 2016