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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

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2014 Wrong’s What I Do Best
San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
Mar, 2014 When the Stars Begin to Fall - Imagination and the American South
Studio Museum in Harlem
 
Feb, 2014 Selections from the Permanent Collection
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
 
Jan, 2014 Our Stories: African American Prints and Drawings
Cleveland Museum of Art
 
Oct, 2013 African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
 
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:

Jan, 2014 Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
 
Jan, 2014 Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
 
Jan, 2014 Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
 
Nov, 2013 Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Akron Art Museum
 
Nov, 2013 Selections from the Permanent Collection
Fabric Workshop and Museum
 
Oct, 2013 UNA DÉCADA QUE DEJA HUELLA
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
 
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Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

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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