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Kerry James Marshall One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics
Oct 13, 2004 - Jan 9, 2005
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  • Kerry James Marshall
    Diptych (Color Blind Test) (detail), 2003
    Acrylic on MDF panel
    36 x 48 in. each
    Collection of Polly and Mark Addison

  • Kerry James Marshall
    7 am Sunday Morning, 2003
    Acrylic on canvas banner
    120 x 216 in.
    Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange
     

  • Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics (installation view), 2004-05
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics (installation view), 2004-05
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Kerry James Marshall
    SOB, SOB, 2003
    Acrylic on fiberglass in artist's wood frame
    113 1/4 x 79 1/4 in.
    Collection of Allison and Susan Davis, Chicago
     

  • Kerry James Marshall
    Vignette, 2003
    Acrylic on fiberglass in artist's wood frame
    79 1/4 x 113 1/4 in.
    Private Collection, Miami, FL
     

This solo exhibition represents the culmination of five years of work by the acclaimed Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall. He is known primarily for his monumental paintings of African-American subjects based on the traditional genre of narrative history painting. Marshall will present over 30 works in all media including sculpture, installation, photography, video and printmaking. The newest body of work, One True Thing, simultaneously pays homage to and critiques the notion of a Black aesthetic. Stemming in part from Marshall’s recent comic strip, Rhythm Mastr (2000) –in which an urban superhero battles the forces of evil using a combination of futuristic and traditional African accoutrements—Marshall amplifies and extends the references to embrace a wider range of media and multiple readings of Black imagery. As the titles and subtitles suggest, these works seek to raise intriguing and often confounding questions about the role of the artist and the institution in defining positions in artistic practice.