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Kerry James Marshall Metro Tote


$202.50 Members


PRODUCT: Kerry James Marshall Metro Tote
SIZE: 12" long x 9.5" wide x 13" high; 9" handle drop
MATERIALS: 100% Oxford Nylon with natural Italian leather trim and protective leather feet
This MCA Chicago / MZ WALLACE exclusive is based on an image by Kerry James Marshall, one of America’s greatest living painters. Marshall was chosen one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2017. The tote features a detachable travel pouch, six interior pockets, and natural leather trim with protective leather feet. It is also water and stain resistant. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the tote will support MCA education programs.  

The image printed on the bag is Untitled (Painter), 2009
Acrylic on PVC panel
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2009.15

“What does an artist look like?” This basic question underlies Marshall’s portraits of African American painters, and its answer can’t be taken for granted. In this series of works, Marshall has given black artists a commanding presence, especially important in the case of black women artists, who have been doubly overlooked. Marshall’s paintings of artists are not portraits so much as idealizations of the artist in his or her studio. They portray majestic figures, palette in hand, who stare confidently at the viewer. By picturing these idealized figures, Marshall works to redress the historical absence or omission of black artists.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry was presented at the MCA Apr 23–Sep 25, 2016. Learn more.


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