The artist Kerry James Marshall, one of our seven #tgreats, seen here

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The artist Kerry James Marshall, one of our seven #tgreats, seen here

The artist Kerry James Marshall, one of our seven #tgreats, seen here

The artist Kerry James Marshall, one of our seven #tgreats, seen here in his Chicago studio. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Ala. in 1955, and moved to Los Angeles in 1963 — just blocks from the Black Panther headquarters, and not far from where the Watts Riots took place two years later. He witnessed inner-city violence firsthand, and as a young man, knew founding members of the Crips. But when he sat down to talk about his life and work, we learned that this didn’t dissuade him. “It didn’t stop me from developing the sense that, still, everything is possible,” Marshall told us. “I was never in despair.” Since graduating from Los Angeles’s Otis College of Art and Design in 1978, he’s become a preeminent American artist, working to shift the color of art history. Visit tmagazine.com to learn more about the artist, and plan to visit the @MetMuseum Breuer in New York, where an exhibit featuring his work opens later this month. Photo by @oliverchanarin and @adambroomberg.

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