Kerry James Marshall: Mastry @ the Met Breuer

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2010 (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2010 (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Christian Viveros-Fauné reviews Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at the Met Breuer, New York, on view through January 29, 2017.

Viveros-Fauné writes: "Self-portraiture, religious painting, history painting, landscapes, nudes, fêtes champêtres, abstraction and other tropes have all been mobilized by [Kerry James Marshall] to achieve his lofty artistic goal of painterly self-representation. But rather than aspire merely to what scholar Mark McGurl terms “the institutionalization of the anti-institutional,” Marshall instead constructs the foundation for a crucial conversation—one that swirls around the historical invisibility of the black subject and, by extension, the black artist."