Installation view of the exhibition Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2018.

Kerry James Marshall

History of Painting

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Kerry James Marshall, his second solo show at the London gallery.

History of Painting follows the artist's critically acclaimed traveling retrospective Mastry (co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2016–2017), and his current exhibitions Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper at the Cleveland Museum of Art (on view until October 21, 2018) and Kerry James Marshall: Collected Works at the Rennie Museum, Vancouver (on view until November 3, 2018).

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Image: Installation view, Kerry James Marshall: History Painting, David Zwirner, London, 2018

Dates
October 3November 10, 2018
Private View
Tuesday, October 2, 6 to 8 PM
A painting by Kerry James Marshall, titled Untitled (Morning), dated 2018.

"It’s the history of painting as it relates to the period after my retrospective [Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016–17]. Once you’ve had a kind of summing up of your career as an artist, how do you continue? . . . You could make an argument that it is a grand, arrogant, claim to address the history of painting. On another level it’s a way of setting yourself up for failure, because the scope of the show suggests something so large—but it seems to me the only way forward is to take up a challenge." —Kerry James Marshall in conversation with Angela Choon, senior partner at David Zwirner, for Luncheon magazine, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Morning), 2018 (detail) © Kerry James Marshall.

"If I’m going to do this show, and it’s going to be based on the idea of the history of painting, then I have to address it in its totality; landscape, still life, portraiture, abstraction, and history painting. But how do you do those things now, and really make those things as interesting as they can possibly be? How do you do them so that they also, at the same time, seem to be engaged with not only their function, but their origin?" —Kerry James Marshall in Luncheon magazine.

 

Image: Installation view, Kerry James Marshall: History Painting, David Zwirner, London, 2018

Installation view of the exhibition Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2018.

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