Kerry James Marshall and the portrayal of sound

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I really enjoyed the Kerry James Marshall exhibition at the Met Breuer – it’s only up for a couple more weeks (until January 29th), so if you’re in the NYC area, I’d highly suggest that you go see it.

One thing I noticed was the interesting way that Marshall portrays the sound of music in his paintings. In this detail from Past Times (1997), you can see how Marshall paints musical notes emanating from the earphones perched on the head of this golfer.

musical notation as sound in Kerry James Marshall paintings

Here’s another example where several apartments in a building are showing musical notation coming out of the windows … this one is a detail from 7 am Sunday Morning (2003). I don’t recall another artist integrating the suggested sound of music into his or her paintings this way.

musical notation coming from apartment windows in Kerry James Marshall art

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