Kerry James Marshall: The Complete Prints


Kerry James Marshall is considered one of the most important American contemporary artists. Though mainly known for his paintings, he is also a prolific and gifted graphic artist. This is the first in-depth study and catalogue raisonné of his print work.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2023.

ISBN: 9789493039759 Category:

Susan Tallman


This catalog raisonnĂ© offers the first public account of these important works and the first in-depth study of the role of printed images and print processes in Marshall’s work as a whole.

One of the most important American contemporary artists, Kerry James Marshall is known for artworks that address the ‘crisis of under-representation’ of the black figure in the pictorial traditions of the Western world, from museums to comic books. His work has been widely celebrated in major museum retrospectives such as Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (Antwerp, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Madrid) in 2014 and Mastry (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles) in 2017, and through numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997.

Best known as a painter, Marshall has throughout his career also produced a vast graphic oeuvre that has been seldom seen and rarely documented. An assiduous worker, he spent his youth acquiring time-honored skills of art – drawing and painting, but also wood engraving and printing. By his midtwenties, he recalls, ‘I could paint in egg tempera…. I was good at printmaking. I could do woodcuts, etchings, aquatints. I knew all of those techniques.’

Most of his prints have been produced not in professional print workshops, but by the artist, working alone in his studio. They range from images the size of postcards to his 50-foot-long, 12 panel woodcut Untitled (1998-99), to iterations of his ongoing magnum opus, Rythm Mastr. And while some have entered prominent museum collections, many exist only in private collections or the artist’s archive and are unknown to the public.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24.5 x 29.5 cm
Publisher name Ludion
Publication date 20 December 2023
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.5 x 29.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, later moving to Los Angeles. He taught painting for many years at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2013, he was named for the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by President Barack Obama. In 2017, Marshall was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, is currently working with Marshall to create two new stained-glass windows. Marshall lives and works in Chicago.

Susan Tallman is a critic and art historian, who has written extensively on contemporary art, the history of prints, and other aspects of art and culture. A regular contributor to New York Review of Books, she has authored and co-authored many books and museum catalogues, most recently No Plan At All: How the Danish Printshop of Niels Borch Jensen Redefined Artists Prints for the Contemporary World (2021), The American Dream: Pop to the Present (2017). In 2011 she co-founded the journal Art in Print and served as its Editor-in-Chief until its closure in 2019.