Mar 22, 2022




Kerry James Marshall

(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

Did you know?

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.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.