Kanye West Pays Tribute to Artist Kerry James Marshall For His 'Amazing Work': See the Posts

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Kanye West photographed on Oct. 2, 2016 at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York.

It's a pretty well-established fact at this point that when Kanye West likes something, he goes all-in on telling you about it. That appeared to be the case on Tuesday (Aug. 28), when 'Ye went on a Twitter spree, spreading the love for acclaimed African-American artist -- and fellow Chicagoan -- Kerry James Marshall.     

Posting an image from a recent magazine profile of the 1997 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner in Chicago's The Seen contemporary art journal, West thanked Marshall for "the amazing work" he "put in the world," while sharing a series of the artist's paintings.

Marshall, 62, was born in Birmingham, Ala., and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Marshall is known for his often large-format paintings and sculptures of black men, women and children and themes tied to slavery and the Civil Rights movement, as well as issues of poverty and class. His 1997 painting "Past Times," which shows a black family indulging in leisure sports such as golf, cricket and water skiing, sold at auction for $21.1 million earlier this year to Bad Boy boss Sean "Diddy" Combs, reportedly marking the highest price ever paid for a work by an African-American artist.

“I know that this work has found a home in a collection with purpose and an eye toward preserving legacy — that of Sean Combs, and that means a lot,” Marshall's longtime gallerist Jack Shainman told the New York Times of the landmark sale. Shainman said Combs was introduced to Marshall by friend producer Swizz Beatz, who is also an art collector. Marshall's work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and former First Lady Michelle Obama was pictured visiting his "Mastry" exhibit at the MCA in Chicago in 2016.

It was not clear from West's posts why he was now honoring Marshall's work, but the 19 images he posted provided a broad introduction to the artist's work.

Check out West's tweets below.

 


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