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One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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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
 

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
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
Diptych (Color Blind Test) (detail), 2003
Acrylic on MDF panel
36 x 48 in. each
Collection of Polly and Mark Addison

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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
 

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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
 

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

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
 

One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics

Kerry James Marshall
Diptych (Color Blind Test) (detail), 2003
Acrylic on MDF panel
36 x 48 in. each
Collection of Polly and Mark Addison

Oct 13, 2004Jan 9, 2005

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.