Kerry James Marshall on Painting Sale: Chicago ‘Has Wrung Every Bit of Value They Could from the Fruits of My Labor’
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Kerry James Marshall on Painting Sale: Chicago ‘Has Wrung Every Bit of Value They Could from the Fruits of My Labor’

Kerry James Marshall, Knowledge and Wonder, 1995. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2018 At the opening of his new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in London, artist Kerry James Marshall commented on the recent decision by the city of Chicago to sell—for a price estimated between $10 million and $15 million by Christie’s in New York, where it will go to auction this fall—a mural he created for a branch of the Chicago Public Library. “I am certain they could get more money if they sold the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza,” Marshall said in a comment that was shared with ARTnews . “Considering that only last year Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel and Commissioner [of the Department of Cultural Affairs Mark] Kelly dedicated another mural I designed downtown for which I was asked to accept one dollar, you could say the City of Big Shoulders has wrung every bit of value they could from the fruits of my labor.” (That other mural of Marshall’s is a large work, measuring 132 by 100 feet, now on the facade of the Chicago Cultural Center.) By coincidence, several paintings in Marshall’s Zwirner exhibition depict artists’ names next to their auction prices, in the style of […]

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