Marshall to curate exhibit as part of 2004 Artscape

April 06, 2004|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

Nationally acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall, whose work will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in June, will curate a portion of this year's Artscape, Baltimore's annual outdoor festival of the arts.

Marshall, who is best known for his large-scale paintings about the civil-rights movement of the 1960s as well as his own experiences as an African-American, will select six regional artists and six artists from the Chicago-area, where he lives and works, to participate in an exhibition entitled Baltimore/Chicago Show. The exhibition will be on display at the Decker Gallery of the Maryland Institute College of Art from June 20 to July 31.

Artscape opens July 16 and runs through July 18 in the 1200 block of Mount Royal Avenue.

Marshall's show Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing is currently traveling and will arrive at the BMA June 20.

In part, the show explores the recent emergence of a "post-black" aesthetic in the art of African-Americans, represented by a movement away from overt issues of identity politics and toward a more nuanced approach centered on process, materials and methods.

The deadline for applications from artists who wish to be included in Marshall's Artscape show is April 12. Any artist living within a 30-mile radius of Baltimore is eligible to apply.

For an application, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts at 410-752-8632 or visit its Web site at www. promotionandarts.com.

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