June 11, 2008

Kerry James Marshall's romance

In The Village Voice R.C. Baker calls Marshall's paintings defiant kitsch. "Kerry James Marshall's paintings of black people simply being human stand out in an art-industrial complex where subjects, artists, purveyors, and consumers are pretty much white folk. In his series of five large grisaille paintings, he imagines a young man lifting his girl through the air in graceful arcs. The lovers are seen from different angles, and viewing the panels in quick succession conveys a swirling, physical joy. This romantic vision is complicated by such kitsch as floating hearts, Black Power fists, and rococo cascades of flowers entwining the word 'LOVE.' Marshall masterfully leavens old-school pictorial space with poster-shop sentiment, demanding classical vigor from his compositions while also embracing Everyman tastes." Read more.

"Kerry James Marshall: Black Romantic," Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY. Through July 3.

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