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.