According to Kerry James Marshall, “the thing that has the greatest transformative
capacity in the art world today,
in terms of what people expect to see when they go to the art museum,
is a painting that has a black figure in it, because 95 percent of all the other paintings you see are going to have white figures in them.
The whole history of representation is built on the representation of white folks.
Now, all of that stuff is good, so you have to figure out how to get good like that,
and then get in there on the terms that are relevant for now.”
Marshall's work has exceeded good.
His retrospective at MOCA is provocative, images layered with symbolism
text and references to the masters and African American history.