The Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue presents “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” a retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall, through July 3.
The exhibition is the first major retrospective in the United States for the Chicago-based Marshall. One of the primary themes of the exhibit is race.
“A deeply accomplished artist, who makes ravishing paintings, Marshall’s strategy was three fold,” according to the museum. “First, as a young artist he decided to paint only black figures. He was unequivocal in his pursuit of black beauty.”
For the second part of his strategy, he used portraits, landscape paintings, everyday domestic interiors and depictions of historical events that included black subjects, according to the museum.
Marshall also used “painterly mastery” as a critical component to his strategy.
The museum is located at 250 S. Grand Ave. For information, visit moca.org.
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