THE RECORD PRICE for paintings by Kerry James Marshall doubled last night at Christie’s New York. “Plunge”(1992), a large-scale painting by the Chicago artist sold for more than $2.1 million (including fees), a new auction record for the artist, according to Christie’s and Iris Index.
The sale estimate for “Plunge” was $1 million to $1.5 million, and the painting sold for $2,165,000. The previous auction record for a painting by Marshall was set in November 2014 when “Vignette” (2003), an acrylic on fiberglass, sold for $1,025,000 (including fees), also at Christie’s.
A visionary and imaginative painter, Marshall is recognized for his thought-provoking explorations of American history and representations of the African American experience, using black paint for his black figures. “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” a major exhibition of his paintings opened last month at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
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