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Kara Walker

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Birthplace
Stockton, California

Birth year
1969

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 Spring Exhibitions and Open Studios
Mana Contemporary
 
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)
 
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:

Feb, 2015 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
 
Jan, 2015 Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
DAUM MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
 
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.
 
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Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Kara Walker has Exhibited at these venues:

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 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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