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Kara Walker

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Stockton, California

Birth year

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Current Exhibitions and Events
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Nov, 2015 Missing Persons
Cantor Arts Center
May, 2015 African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas)
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Mar, 2015 Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

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:

Nov, 2015 Norma
Victoria Miro Mayfair
Oct, 2015 Forces in Nature
Victoria Miro Gallery
Oct, 2015 Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First
Victoria Miro Gallery
Aug, 2015 The Great Mother
Palazzo Reale
Jun, 2015 Hello Walls
Gladstone Gallery - 21st St.
Jun, 2015 Hello Walls
Gladstone Gallery - 24 St.
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Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Victoria Miro Mayfair Cantor Arts Center
Victoria Miro Gallery Palazzo Reale
Gladstone Gallery - 21st St. Gladstone Gallery - 24 St.
Mana Contemporary Brooklyn Museum of Art
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Angles Gallery
LeRoy Neiman Gallery Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Fleming Museum 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
Memphis Social 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 Street Nasher Museum
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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