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​Kerry James Marshall, Past Times

Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997, acrylic and collage on canvas, 114 x 156 in., Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection, photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Artists on Artists: Lari Pittman on Kerry James Marshall


Los Angeles–based artist Lari Pittman is known for exquisite, meticulously layered paintings that play with diverse visual idioms culled from art history, folk culture, decorative traditions, and advertising. He approaches those realms democratically and non-hierarchically, with disregard for the binaries of high and low, masculine and feminine, and center and margin. Pittman discusses Kerry James Marshall as part of Artists on Artists, a series that builds upon MOCA’s tradition of examining artworks and exhibitions through the voice of the artist.​