Explorative artist has D.C. exhibit ‘til December

October 30, 2013 by  

Kerry James Marshall is one of the most renowned painters working in the country, and his exhibits have appeared throughout the United States and worldwide. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is featuring his work in a display open to the public through December 7.

Exploration of the history and adventures of African Americans, as well as American history, is found throughout Marshall’s art. With a deep understanding and appreciation for the African diaspora, the paintings include a combination of abstract and figurative styles along, with multiple allusions.

The National Gallery of Art acquired Marshall’s Great America in 2011. It depicts four figures exiting the Tunnel of Love in a theme park via boat. There are 10 paintings and 20 drawings in the exhibit, which happens to be the first in Washington for Marshall.

The theme throughout his works focuses on African slaves being transported to America and the U.S. colonies from the period through the 1800s. Exploring the sociological, psychological, and economic effect during this period in the country’s history, the work presents the pressures of the movement.

Museums and cultural arts entities often order catalog printing through local print companies. The catalogs list the various exhibits and displays, along with the artists’ biographies, history, and accomplishments. A catalog can also include images and sponsor recognition.

Dr. Anita Blanchard, Martin Nesbitt, and Cari and Michael Sacks are the sponsors for Marshall’s exhibit. The Tower Project also contributes to the support.