In his practice Kerry James Marshall focuses on a history of black identity that has been excluded from the artistic canon throughout history. Through various media such as painting, sculpture, installation, collage, video, and photography, he grapples with questions of race and history. Portrait of a black woman in a style reminiscent of a silhouette, examining how black bodies literally and also metaphorically were made invisible . Her skin color is exaggerated, she is black as the pigment allows, thus paying more attention to the content of the work.
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