Inspiration: Kerry James Marshall

Painter Kerry James Marshall has a 35-year retrospective opening at MOCA in Los Angeles on Mar. 12, traveling from the Met in New York at MCA in Chicago. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Ala. and grew up in South Central LA near the the Black Panther headquarters a couple years before the riots. “You can’t move to Watts and not speak about it,” he told MOCA.

Marshall is one of America’s greatest living artists, known for his large scale work. This painting Untitled 2009 comes from a series painted during the Obama administration of African American artists in their studios.

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