Kerry James Marshall


Mixed Media, variable dimensions.
Materials: 12 lightboxes - 22 framed silkscreen prints

Collection: Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Koplin Del Rio, CA.

Dailies is a serial comic-strip that Marshall has produced over numerous years, that are presented in their entirety here for the first time. The series exists as a series of prints on newsprint paper and a new set of light-boxes.

The strip tells interwoven stories of a group of teenagers in an African-American inner-city neighborhood where lawlessness has reached extreme levels. When superhuman intervention is called for, a protagonist named Rythm Mastr steps up to teach the young heroes how to unlock the secret powers of a series of traditional African sculptures.

The Dailies can be seen as the synthesis of many of the ideas, artefacts, realities and concepts that constantly recur in Marshall's work: the everyday, black pride, beauty, economic disadvantage, societal invisibility, as well as African and African-American folk art traditions positioned in direct relation to the hierarchies of Western art history and contemporary mass media. The prints and light-boxes are proportionate in scale to newspaper spreads.

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