Kerry James Marshall in Conversation

Watch acclaimed American artist Kerry James Marshall discuss his career, work and exploration of black culture

Watch this Tate Talk as Kerry James Marshall discusses the meaning behind his artwork Untitled (London Bridge), the range and complexity of the colour black and his ambitious large-scale paintings.

Kerry James Marshall, ‘Untitled (London Bridge)’ 2017
Kerry James Marshall
Untitled (London Bridge) 2017
Purchased by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the North American Acquisitions Committee with assistance from Bob Rennie 2018
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Working across a range of media, including painting, sculpture and photography, Marshall has frequently engaged with questions of race and representation, often countering stereotypes in his portraits of black life. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, he has exhibited his work around the world, including a celebrated recent retrospective that travelled from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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