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Kara Walker

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Kara_walker

Birthplace
Stockton, California

Birth year
1969

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2014 FIERCE CREATIVITY curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
 
Sep, 2014 Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
Fleming Museum
 
Jul, 2014 Personal Histories
Seattle Art Museum
 
Feb, 2014 Selections from the Permanent Collection
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
 
Statement

Kara Walker is a contemporary  American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. Walker's silhouette images work to bridge unfinished folklore in the Antebellum South, raising identity and gender issues for African American women in particular. However, because of her confrontational approach to the topic, Walker's artwork is reminiscent of Andy Warhol's Pop Art during the 1960s.

Her nightmarish yet fantastical images incorporate a cinematic feel. Walker uses images from historical textbooks to show how African American slaves were depicted during Antebellum South. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Walker created "After the Deluge," since the hurricane had devastated many poor and black areas of New Orleans. Walker was bombarded with news images of "black corporeality," including fatalities from the hurricane reduced to bodies and nothing more. She likened these casualties to African slaves piled onto ships for the Middle Passage, the Atlantic crossing to America.

In 2007, Walker was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, Artists and Entertainers.

 

Recent Exhibits

Kara Walker participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 WORKS ON PAPER
Sikkema Jenkins & Co
 
Aug, 2014 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
 
Jul, 2014 The Intuitionists
The Drawing Center
 
Jun, 2014 Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM's Collection, Chapter 2
Racine Art Museum
 
May, 2014 Multiplicity
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
 
Apr, 2014 Wrong’s What I Do Best
San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries
 
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Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

Pace Gallery - 57th St. Fleming Museum
Sikkema Jenkins & Co Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
The Drawing Center Seattle Art Museum
Racine Art Museum Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries Studio Museum in Harlem
The Saint Louis Art Museum MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
Cleveland Museum of Art OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Akron Art Museum Fabric Workshop and Museum
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Camden Arts Centre SENIOR & SHOPMAKER GALLERY
Crocker Art Museum Montclair Art Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Art Institute of Chicago University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
Pomona College Museum of Art Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Russell Bowman Art Advisory MOCA Geffen Contemporary
ARKANSAS ART CENTER-MUSEUM OF ART The Honolulu Museum of Art
Fredric Snitzer Gallery Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Riverside Art Museum New York Academy of Art
Dia Art Foundation Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) Museum Arnhem
Will Brown Alan Avery Art Company
Hammer Museum Barbican Art Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Lehmann Maupin
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Nasher Museum
Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee ARTES MUNDI PRIZE UNITED KINGDOM
Invisible-Exports CCA Wattis Institute
La Maison Rouge Jason McCoy Gallery
SITE Santa Fe New Museum
Walker Art Center Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
Rivington Place Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
James Cohan Gallery Zieher Smith & Horton
OUAG - Oakland University Art Gallery Museum of Arts and Design
Lehman College Art Gallery The Center for Book Arts
Cheim & Read San Jose Museum of Art
Galerie Lelong - Paris Scaramouche
Nice & Fit Moroso, 146 Greene St., NYC
IPCNY International Print Center New York Santa Monica Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art Armory Center for the Arts
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