"Watts 1963" (1995)

"Watts 1963," 1995
Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas, 114 x 135 inches
St. Louis Museum of Art, Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"It's very convenient to think about people in blocks and in groups. So a part of what I was doing with this was to challenge some of that...Each one of those figures is based on somebody, some particular somebody. Not a person that I want anybody to know, but what I do want you to know is that there is some difference between all of these representations, even as they seem to be simplified and reduced to what appears to be a stereotype."

- Kerry James Marshall