I was a fine arts/art history major with an MFA. I read, go to see, and research art trends, artists, all things art. But never once did I ever hear of or see the work of KERRY JAMES MARSHALL before I went to the Met Breuer (nee the former Whitney) on Sunday. I was wowed by his masterpieces celebrating black life and coun. After just having seen the movie HIDDEN FIGURES, I couldn’t help thinking how Marshall’s work had been hidden. The eighty works–many large-scale as the old masters, is built on so many sources–Gauguin, Pollack, Matisse, Jacob, the Rococo artists–I could go on and all, but all his work seeks to counter the stereotype of how blacks are viewed. Honored that I got to see his work and feeling bad that it took so long.
He’s currently working on an ingenious comic book shown in a light box that features black heroes–African sculptures that come alive from the museum to rescue the populous.