This is quite a unique piece as it is a traditional C-print photograph that Kerry shot himself. It was one of two first photographic images that he ever exhibited. This piece has been shown at the Smithsonian
Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall is an African American artist born in Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he previously taught at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a 1978 graduate of Otis College of Art and Design.
Marshall is known for large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African-American life and history as their subject matter. His work often deals with the effects of the Civil Rights movement on domestic life, in addition to working with elements of popular culture.
In 2014, Marshall was the recipient of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, an award given annually by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In 2013, he was one of seven new appointees named to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Other prestigious awards include a 1997 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and a 1991 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Kerry James Marshall’s work in included in prestige private collections around the world and such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
A major survey, Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY is on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from March 12–July 2, 2017. The survey was previously on view at The Met Breuer; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.