Kerry James Marshall. Untitled (policeman). 2015

Kerry James Marshall Untitled (policeman) 2015

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 4, Collection Galleries

Untitled (policeman) was created in response to the numerous deaths of unarmed African American men, women, and children throughout the United States at the hands of armed policemen. Perched on the hood of his squad car, this policeman occupies categories usually presented as antagonistic: he is both a black man and a police officer. Neither a victim nor a hero, the anonymous subject does not stand as a symbol for any cause: his unaffected posture, along with his inscrutable gaze into the distance, reveal a complex individual dealing in solitude with his circumstances.

Gallery label from 2016
Synthetic polymer paint on PVC panel with plexi frame
60 × 60" (152.4 × 152.4 cm)
Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis
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Painting and Sculpture