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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, at The Met Breuer

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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
(Marshall Exhibit Web Page)
Through January 29, 2017

At
The Met Breuer
(Met Breuer Website)

945 Madison Avenue
at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
212.731.1675

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 18, 2017


Kerry James Marshall is a Chicago-based artist with works that comprise one of the most riveting exhibitions I've seen in some time, now being viewed at the new Met Breuer, the former home of The Whitney. Eighty works, mostly large paintings, offer a glimpse into Marshall's examination of the African American romantic spirit and urban history within housing projects, women's hair salons, men's barber shops, nighttime dates, weddings, amusement parks, pleasure boating, and that retro painting by number hobby art. The American black society is celebrated in its spiritual and vibrant essence. Marshall, who has won a MacArthur "genius grant", calls his retrospective "Mastry". The pigments used by Marshall are often acrylic carbon, Mars black, and ivory. He also adorns his works with pink Valentine's hearts, swirly ribboned phrases, and shiny glitter. Painted textiles are often in coral, turquoise, bright red, striped green, and patterned details. A wedding painting appears to be held on the wall by white-uniformed men in white and black gloves. Collage is freely employed to add texture and detail.

In addition, Marshall was asked to name several of his favorite, inspirational works at the main Met Museum, and those are on display here, as well, like Balthus' "Therese" and Matisse's "Marguerite Wearing a Hat". Marshall's taste in art runs the gamut, including Romare Bearden's "The Woodshed", with pasted, printed, and colored papers, photostats, cloth, graphite, and sprayed ink on Masonite. Because of the intimacy of the viewing space at The Met Breuer and the expansiveness of the paintings, many of my photographs below are of interesting details. A small gift shop with a selection of Met Museum gifts is located in the main lobby, and on the lower level one will find Flora, a popular, upscale restaurant, and Flora Coffee, for fantastic cappuccinos and espressos plus select sandwiches and more. I look forward to The Met Breuer's next exhibit, Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space.



Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "De Style", 1993
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "The Lost Boys", 1993
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Collection of Rick Hunting and Jolanda Hunting
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "Untitled (Club Couple)", 2014
Acrylic on PVC Panel
Collection of Mandy and Cliff Einstein
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "School of Beauty, School of Culture", 2012
Acrylic and glitter on canvas.
Birmingham Museum of Art
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Vignette (Wishing Well)", 2010
Acrylic and glitter on PVC panel.
Collection of Nick Cave
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Untitled (Vignette)", 2012
Acrylic and glitter on PVC panel.
Collection of Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Anita Blanchard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski), Artist
"Therese", 1938
Oil on cardboard mounted on wood.
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil, in honor of William S. Lieberman
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Henri Matisse, Artist
"Marguerite Wearing a Hat", 1918
Oil on canvas.
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Romare Bearden, Artist
"The Woodshed", 1969
Cut and pasted printed and colored papers, photostats, cloth, graphite,
and sprayed ink on Masonite.
(No acquisition, museum, or collection listed.)
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Voyager", 1992
Acrylic, collage, and glitter on canvas.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "Past Times", 1997
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection, Chicago
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
(Detail) "Better Homes, Better Gardens", 1994
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Denver Art Museum
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Untitled", 2009
Acrylic on PVC panel.
Yale University Art Gallery
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Still Life with Wedding Portrait", 2015
Acrylic on PVC panel.
Collection of Jay and Gretchen Jordan, Chicago, Illinois
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Kerry James Marshall, Artist
"Gulf Stream", 2003
Acrylic and glitter on canvas.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Prosciutto on Baguette and Cappuccino
at Flora Coffee
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Michael, Flora Coffee Guest, at Lunch
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net