"Many Mansions" (detail; 1994)

Many Mansions, detail, 1994
Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas; 114 x 135 inches
Art Institute of Chicago, Max V. Kohnstamm Fund, 1995
Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 1 episode, "Identity," 2001

"I think in general the paintings have been really well received. But there's a lingering controversy around the sort of unequivocally black, kind of emphatically black figures. I wouldn't have done them if I didn't feel it, but I tend to think having that extreme of color, that kind of black, is amazingly beautiful...and powerful."
—Kerry James Marshall