Kerry James Marshall created Nat Shango, a hybrid of Turner and of the Yoruba warring god Shango whose attribute is the thunder. Of course he introduces this character into the modern world.
On May 11 in New York, Christie's sells Nat Shango (Thunder), a mixed technique of acrylic and collage on linen 187 x 142 cm executed in 1991, lot 12 A estimated $ 6.5M.
The life size front standing black man holds an axe in each hand like a lumber cutter. With his tattered clothing and bare feet, he is a slave ready to rebel. Nat Turner's revolution has indeed not yet been achieved.
The large folding screen behind him and the floor around him are prepared for displaying images. Half of these collage positions are empty while the other half are filled by the actual collage of the portrait heads of blonde women cut up from romance magazines. The floor is also a scenery of the houses and fields where the slaves were forced to live.
Nat Shango ignores the white actresses. Their sexual symbol is not suitable for the African Americans.
SOLD for $ 7.5M including premium