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Kara Walker

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Stockton, California

Birth year

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New York

Works in
New York

Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016 Black Pulp!
International Print Center New York
Oct, 2016 Black Pulp!
IPCNY International Print Center New York
Sep, 2016 The Ecstasy of St. Kara
Cleveland Museum of Art
Sep, 2016 Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
Nasher Museum
Aug, 2016 Vision and Justice
Harvard Art Museums
Aug, 2016 Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Aug, 2016 First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Apr, 2016 Less Than One
Walker Art Center

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:

Jul, 2016 People, Places, Things
Tracy Williams, Ltd.
Apr, 2016 Recent Acquisitions
Bill Hodges Gallery
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Dec, 2015 No Man's Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection
Rubell Family Collection
Nov, 2015 Norma
Victoria Miro Mayfair
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International Print Center New York IPCNY International Print Center New York
Cleveland Museum of Art Nasher Museum
Harvard Art Museums NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston) Tracy Williams, Ltd.
Bill Hodges Gallery Walker Art Center
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Rubell Family Collection 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) 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
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.
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
Invisible-Exports 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 Santa Monica Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art Armory Center for the Arts
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Larry Walker
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Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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