Kerry James Marshall (1955, Alabama) uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon, and he has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics. Marshall was born in Alabama in 1955, and grew up in Watts, Los Angeles. He is a 1978 graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Chicago. A major survey, Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY, was on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Met Breuer, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Other solo exhibitions have been at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium; Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, Spain; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ReinaSofia, Madrid, Spain.
1978: Otis College of Art and Design
2013: In the Tower - National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2013/2014: Paiting and other stuff - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ReinaSofia, Madrid
2016/2017: Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY - Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Met Breuer, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago