Clyfford Still, PH-971, 1957; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (left); Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Woman Looking Left), 2016 (detail, right)
Underscoring the idea of visibility in Untitled (Woman Looking Left), Marshall uses chromatic black—that is, paint appearing to be pure black but actually containing various pigments—to depict a Black figure. Other prominent colors in the composition, including red and green, reflect a palette the artist has returned to on numerous occasions that loosely evokes the colors of the Pan-African flag.
Installation view, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2017
Kerry James Marshall, 2020. Photo by Lyndon French