Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting

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Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting is a collection of groundbreaking new works from one of America’s greatest living painters. Compiled from the Chicago artist’s 2018 exhibition at London’s David Zwirner Gallery, this book features several new figurative and nonfigurative pieces that each examine and deconstruct the social constructs of beauty, taste, power and art history itself. In each painting, Marshall critiques classic tropes and the dominantly white narratives they present. Decontextualizing and reinterpreting the motifs, compositions and styles of the painters that came before him, he pulls his scenes into modern setting and uniquely centers them around African American subjects. Essays by art historians Teju Cole and Hal Foster help to illuminate the complex meanings and masterful vision behind each piece. A vibrant look at Marshall’s artistic philosophy and recent works, this book is a must-have for any art lover.
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