Kerry James Marshall is speaking at the Phillips Collection on Thursday the 15th as part of their Duncan Phillips lecture series. If you don't already know he is one of the most important American painters of the last 16 years or so. I would say ever-but history will have to decide that. And I imagine History will likely agree with me.
I think that one would be hard pressed to find an artist dealing with in such complex art historical and social themes with the same amount of grace and sophistication.