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ERIC Number: EJ871987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Invisibility of Blackness: Visual Responses of Kerry James Marshall
Whitehead, Jessie L.
Art Education, v62 n2 p33-39 Mar 2009
"Invisible" is defined as (a) unable to be seen, and (b) treated as if unable to be seen; ignored ( "Black" is described as (a) of the very darkest color, and (b) relating to a human group having dark-coloured skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry ( These two concepts are significantly connected to the art of the contemporary black American artist Kerry James Marshall. The content of his work derives from his personal knowledge as a black American in the United States--experience often related to race. Visual narratives of artists outside the margins need to be more fully incorporated in K-12 art classrooms, as well as possibly art education teacher programs. Introducing the counter-stories of artists such as Marshall into the classroom brings to the forefront the role that race plays in life, and also expands stories beyond those of European and European-American artists. This article focuses on the visual narratives of Kerry James Marshall that are informed by his personal experience. Marshall's narratives are examples of counter-stories that express his experience as a black American. The author shares Marshall's comments about the concept of blackness and how it relates to his work. (Contains 5 figures and 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States