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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
Mar, 2015 Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
 
Jan, 2015 Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
DAUM MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
 
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:

Dec, 2014 Artists for Artists: 51st Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St.
 
Nov, 2014 Afterword
Sikkema Jenkins & Co
 
Nov, 2014 Hidden and Revealed: Representations of Women by Women
Angles Gallery
 
Oct, 2014 FIERCE CREATIVITY curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
 
Oct, 2014 THE PORTRAIT SHOW
LeRoy Neiman Gallery
 
Sep, 2014 WORKS ON PAPER
Sikkema Jenkins & Co
 
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Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) 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 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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