New York

Kerry James Marshall

Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street

By synthesizing Leon Golub’s monumentality—the mythic quality he finds even in the basest and most brutal reality—with Robert Colescott’s raucous, satirical/parodic image-crunching, Kerry James Marshall is still developing a style that, while perhaps less personal (or at least less obviously idiosyncratic) than either of theirs, promises a greater range and flexibility. In their efforts to retain painting’s grasp on historical subjects, Golub and Colescott sometimes seem like isolated figures—younger artists have been engaging history less convincingly in painting than in other media—but Marshall’s painterly chops, conceptual wiles, and compositional assurance suggest a countertradition in the making.

Marshall’s latest paintings are part of a series (of which some works were included in the exhibition “About Place: Recent Art of the Americas” at the Art Institute of Chicago last spring)

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