Art & Art History
Voices: Kerry James Marshall
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
Kerry James Marshall (born 1955) uses his vast knowledge of art history and styles, folk art, outsider art, and pop culture to celebrate African American culture and to question the various ways in which America has constructed social identity. He has received fellowships and grants from The Tiffany Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Art Matters. He was also a resident fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. He is represented by Koplin Gallery in Los Angeles and Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.
Of his work, part of the exhibition Korrespondenzen, Correspondences 14 Artists from Berlin and Chicago, Deb Wilk has said in New Art Examiner “This Chicago based artist’s luminous compositions, reminiscent of Medieval and pre-Renaissance painting, lure the viewer into a state of neither empathy nor guilt with their depictions of the multivalence of African-American experience. Rather, they successfully universalize a complex historical past, endowing viewers with a deference to human strength.”
Marshall is currently an assistant professor for The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a BFA from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles.