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Kerry James Marshall at Vancouver Art Gallery

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Kerry James Marshall
Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994
Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas
Denver Art Museum Collection, Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors

In his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kerry James Marshall (Studio Museum artist in residence 1985-86) tells visible and invisible stories of Black America. This exhibition features three diverse and significant series, each of which present a historically-informed exploration of Black life: "Garden Projects," a series of vibrant urban scenes based on public housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and Watts; "Souvenirs," late-1990s paintings of middle-class living rooms; and "Vignettes," idyllic images of Black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of eighteenth-century Rococo paintings.
 

Kerry James Marshall
Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 8, 2010–January 3, 2011
vanartgallery.bc.ca