School of Beauty, School of Culture

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Title

School of Beauty, School of Culture

Subject

paint

Description

a canvas

Creator

Kerry James Marshall

Source

https://www.artsy.net/artwork/kerry-james-marshall-school-of-beauty-school-of-culture

Publisher

Artsy

Date

2012

Contributor

Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

Rights

To Kerry James Marshall

Format

Acrylic on Canvas
107 7/8 × 157 7/8 in
274 × 401 cm

Type

Acrylic on Canvas

Identifier

Kerry James Marshall challenges the marginalization of African-Americans through his formally rigorous paintings, drawings, videos, and installations, whose central protagonists are always, in his words, “unequivocally, emphatically black.” As he describes, his work is rooted in his life experience: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it.” Marshall’s erudite knowledge of art history and black folk art structures his compositions; he mines black culture and stereotypes for his unflinching subject matter. In Black Star (2011), a nude black woman bursts through a Frank Stella-like canvas, commanding attention and daring viewers to consider how she has been (and how she should be) seen and portrayed.

American, b. 1955, Birmingham, Alabama, based in Chicago, Illinois

Coverage

USA

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Painting

Physical Dimensions

Acrylic on Canvas
107 7/8 × 157 7/8 in
274 × 401 cm

Files

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Citation

Kerry James Marshall, “School of Beauty, School of Culture,” Recovery Workshop, accessed June 18, 2018, http://recovery.neatline-uva.org/items/show/12.