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Kara Walker

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Works on paper
$220,000
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About the artist

Kara Walker

Kara Walker, born 1969, is an American artist who has become known internationally for her cut-out silhouettes depicting historical events and narratives. Walker also works in drawing, painting, sculpture, film, and shadow puppetry to further explore themes of race, gender, sexuality, and violence in her work. Walker uses the silhouette form, long used in the Victorian era, to depict the ways in which the legacy of slavery has left lasting effects and trauma. Using black paper, she creates large silhouettes that are installed directly onto the walls and take up the size of a room. The caricatured figures reference the antebellum period and the Civil War, often engaged in sexual or violent acts. In the early 2000s, Walker began filming her silhouettes and set them motion. She has also created sculptures that explore similar themes. 


Walker became one of the youngest artists to receive the MacArthur Fellowship in 1997 at age 28. She has exhibited her work worldwide and it is held within the permanent collections of institutions globally. 

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