(American, b. 1955)
Acrylic and collage on canvas
Unframed: 261.5 x 289.4 cm (102 15/16 x 113 15/16 in.)
Courtesy of The Progressive Corporation 3.2022
© Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
It is a hallmark of Kerry James Marshall's work to explore blackness as a shade, an absence of light, a pigment, and a subject.
One of Kerry James Marshall’s earliest and most iconic large-scale paintings, Bang depicts three Black children in a verdant suburban backyard, observing the Fourth of July. Invoking the grand tradition of European history painting, the work exemplifies Marshall’s commitment to, in the artist’s words, “representing Blackness in the extreme and letting it be beautiful.” Bang embodies Marshall’s dedication to a vision of American culture that includes and honors Black histories.
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