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Kerry James Marshall, De Style, 1993, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8' 8“ x 10' 2”.

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall, De Style, 1993, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8' 8“ x 10' 2”.

FEW ARTISTS have imagined the present in the manner of art history’s grand styles as successfully as Kerry James Marshall. Although he has made work in many media over the past three decades, he remains best known for large figurative paintings that compellingly interweave explorations of African-American history, the mechanisms of remembrance, and the venerable traditions of old-school European painting. And while the fifty-five-year-old artist has been the subject of important solo museum shows and is a staple of major international exhibitions (including two of the past three Documentas), there have been relatively few opportunities to consider the development of his painted oeuvre on its own.

All the more welcome, then, that the Chicago-based artist’s first one-man exhibition in Canada—organized by Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall, and on view at the Vancouver Art

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