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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
Jul, 2014 The Intuitionists
The Drawing Center
 
Jul, 2014 Personal Histories
Seattle 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
 
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.

 

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Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

The Drawing Center Seattle Art Museum
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries
Studio Museum in Harlem 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 Sikkema Jenkins & Co
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 - Chrystie St. 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
ZieherSmith Inc. 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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