Diddy and the celebrated painter Kerry James Marshall have just written art history. The Grammy Award winning producer and rap mogul was recently honored to receive a Marshall painting sold during a Sotheby Contemporary Art evening auction in New York.
The painting titled "Past Times" marks the most expensive piece of a living black artist sold to a buyer. Jack Shainman, Marshall's over 20-year gallery owner, revealed to The New York Times on Thursday (May 17) that Diddy purchased the play. "I know this work has found a home in a collection with the goal of preserving the legacy – that of Sean Combs, and that means a lot," said Shainman.
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Shainman congratulated Marshall on sale on Twitter Friday (May 18), he wrote in part, "We look forward to your plans for the future."
Marshall was born in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Watt on the District of Los Angeles. Currently living in Chicago, he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Otis College of Design in 1978 and an honorary doctorate in 1999.
His exquisite creations, including paintings, sculptural installations, collages, and photographs, include a visual commentary on the black experience that counteracts racial stereotypes and emphasizes typically excluded black subjects.
In an interview in 2012, Marshall described his pieces as transcendent to "what is perceived as the limitations of a race-conscious type of work."
See more of his art below.