Better Homes, Better Gardens

1994

Object

Artist

Kerry James Marshall, American, 1955-
Born: Birmingham, AL
Work Locations: Chicago, IL

Country

Object Info

Object: painting; collage
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1995.77

Medium/Technique

Acrylic paint and paper collage on canvas

Credit

Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors

More Info

Dimensions

height: 100 in, 254.0000 cm; width: 142 in, 360.6800 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Kerry James Marshall
Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994
Acrylic paint and paper collage on canvas
Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors, 1995.77. © Kerry James Marshall

Inscription

"IL 2-8" in red URC; "MUHAMMED ALI FOUNDATION" in four windows; "422 units" on far R door; "37 bldgs." on center door; "19" on far L door; "better homes better garde" on banner at bottom; "WELCOME TO WENTWORTH GARDENS [further writing obscured by plants] CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE LOCATED" on sign at left side.

Extended Info

Kerry James Marshall is a Chicago-based artist who grew up in public housing in the South and in Chicago. The experience informs many of his paintings, the subjects of which focus on the individual and collective efforts of the African-American residents to preserve their communities and their self-respect. The work, Better Homes, Better Gardens, is one in a series of “garden paintings,” the title referencing how many public housing projects are given the name “gardens.”

Exhibition History

  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003
  • "Focus: The Figure"--Denver Art Museum, 8/9/2008 - 2/2011
  • “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms” — Denver Art Museum, 5/3/2020 – 8/30/2020