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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Kerry James Marshall, American (Birmingham, Alabama born 1955)
Work Type
Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1200, Modern and Contemporary Art, Mid–century Abstraction I
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Physical Descriptions
Acrylic on PVC panel
184.79 x 155.58 x 10.16 cm (72 3/4 x 61 1/4 x 4 in.)
[Jack Shainman Gallery, New York], sold; to Harvard Art Museum, 2008.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund and purchase through the generosity of Nancy B. Tieken
© Kerry James Marshall
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Kerry James Marshall: Being and Artist, website, Art21, Inc., 2008,

Cate McQuaid, Contemporary art in the foreground at Harvard Art Museums, The Boston Globe (Boston, MA, November 1, 2014)

Helen Molesworth, ed., Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, exh. cat., Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc. (New York, 2016), p. 179, pl. 53, ill. (color)

Carroll Dunham, "The Marshall Plan: Kerry James Marshall's 'Mastry'", Art Forum (New York, 2017), Vol. 55, No. 5, cover, Cover

Kathy Halbreich, ed., Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager (New York, 2018), p. 120, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Re-View: S118 European & American Art since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/13/2008 - 04/09/2011

32Q: 2210 West Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/02/2019 - 07/14/2021

32Q: 1120 Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 04/06/2016

32Q: 1200 Mid-Century Abstraction I (Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/01/2050

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/17/2017 - 01/07/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2018 - 05/06/2018

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, 04/23/2016 - 09/25/2016; The Met Breuer, New York, 10/25/2016 - 01/29/2017; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 03/12/2017 - 07/02/2017

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Visual description by Correna Cohen, Curatorial Fellow, Division of Academic and Public Programs. Written August 2018.

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