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The MAN Podcast: Kerry James Marshall

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Kerry James Marshall. Tomorrow the National Gallery of Art opens “In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall,” an exhibition that explores Marshall’s Great America (1994), which the NGA acquired in 2010. It will be on view through December 7.

This fall, Marshall will be the subject of a career survey organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp. Titled “Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff,” the exhibition will travel to the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Denmark, the Antoni Tapies Foundation in Barcelona, and to the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Last fall he created new work for an exhibition at the Secession in Vienna titled, “Who’s Afraid of Red, Black and Green” (see more images). In 2010 the Vancouver Art Gallery organized the only North American survey of his work.

Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Marshall’s interest in art history, as evidenced in many of his paintings including Plunge (1992) and Gulf Stream (2003);
  • What makes a good history painting;
  • The striking consistency in how Marshall has painted the skin tone of Africans and African-Americans throughout his career; and
  • Marshall’s interest in paint-by-numbers.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to Anna Brooke and the team at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and library for their help with this week’s show.

For images of artworks discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.

Kerry James Marshall, Plunge, 1992.

Henri Matisse, Venus on a Shell II, 1932. Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington. (Also Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.)

Henri Matisse, Bathers by a River, 1910-17. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kerry James Marshall, Great America, 1994. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Kerry James Marshall, Gulf Stream, 2003. Collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Kerry James Marshall, Bang, 1994.

Betye Saar, Black Girl’s Window, 1969.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2009.

Barnett Newman, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III, 1967. Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Kerry James Marshall, Who’s Afraid of Red, Black and Green, 2012.

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