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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
Apr, 2016 Recent Acquisitions
Bill Hodges Gallery
Apr, 2016 Less Than One
Walker Art Center
May, 2015 African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas)
Brooklyn Museum of 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:

Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
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
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Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

Bill Hodges Gallery Walker Art Center
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Victoria Miro Mayfair 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 Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee
CCA Wattis Institute La Maison Rouge
Jason McCoy Gallery SITE Santa Fe
New Museum 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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