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‘Figuring History: Colescott, Marshall, Thomas’

This exhibition brings together the large-scale tableaux of three American artists from different generations, each with a different perspective on black culture and how it is represented. Robert Colescott (b. 1925) uses a bold and expressive style to portray ordinary individuals interacting with the colonial past. Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) combines familiar representational forms, such as portraiture and life-drawing, with references to political struggle. Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) depicts women in monumental portraits and nudes that draw on aspects of contemporary fashion and style. 

Kerry James Marshall’s Better Homes, Better Gardens appears in a review by Jason DeParle in the February 22 issue. 

For more information, visit seattleartmuseum.org.

Category: Exhibition
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue,
Seattle, WA