Our fifth installment of ON[View] spotlights artist Kerry James Marshall and his exhibition MASTRY. This show was a huge success across the country. From Chicago to NYC, this large scale survey blends abstraction, history and social justice. The reason for this spotlight — need for reflection. The pandemic demanded pause and a possible reboot of our society and how we interact with one another.

We hope you can identify with the images and the messages the artist is conveying. Whether you were able to see the show three years ago or not, the works deserve even more attention.


Kerry James Marshall (born October 17, 1955) is an American artist born in Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he previously taught at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a 1978 graduate of Otis College of Art and Design. An exhibition of his work, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, was assembled by the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016.


I don’t believe in hope. I believe in action. If I am an apostle of anything: There are always going to be complications, but to a large degree, everything is in your hands.

Kerry James Marshall