|"Vignette (Wishing Well)," acrylic and glitter on PVC panel, 2010.|
In a methodical land of daring pitch black skinned figures adorned with fragrant bloom that one can almost smell in flared nostrils, a sentimental viewer finds profound seduction in subjects Marshall majestically paints. At Met Breuer, gracing walls with marvelous retrospective, arrests these compositions-- like glittering oyster pearls-- to the starry eyed visionary who dares to read between lines of pure, titillating insertion. For the stories told in every single piece shares and denotes a specific history, a stolen moment illustrating the African American experience. From romance stories to barber shops to renaissance artists, acrylic painted portrayals are sincere, poignant, and quite triumphant in their pursuits of revealing who we are, who we dare dream to be.
|"Vignette IV," acrylic on PVC panel, 2005.|
|"Untitled (Vignette)," acrylic and glitter on PVC panel, 2012.|
|"Untitled (Beach Towel)," acrylic on PVC panel, 2014.|
While known for being a gifted painter, Marshall spread his wings into the comic realm, depicting African Americans as superheroes in their natural habitats. In his "Rythm Mastir" lightbox series, his signature graphic style easily translates into the realm of comic book aesthetic, sharp contrasting values and heartfelt narrative are featured on earth and the space cosmos. It is the artist's purpose to evaluate and dismantle the wrongs of popular culture. By giving blackness inclusivity, leading protagonists and antagonists have an authoritative unchallenged voice.
|"Silence is Golden," acrylic on panel, 1986.|
|"Portrait of the Artist & a Vacuum," acrylic on paper, 1981.|
|"De Style," acrylic and collage on canvas, 1993.|
|"School of Beauty, School of Culture," acrylic and glitter on canvas, 2012.|
|"Untitled (Studio)," acrylic on PVC panel, 2014.|
|"Untitled," acrylic on PVC panel, 2009.|
|"Untitled (Painter)," acrylic on PVC panel, 2009.|
|"Untitled (Painter)," acrylic on PVC panel, 2008.|
|"Black Painting," acrylic on fiberglass, 2003-2006.|
|"Still Life With Wedding Portrait," acrylic on PVC panel, 2015.|
This can't miss retrospective is up at Met Breuer until January 29, 2017 and will be traveling to Los Angeles next.