Kara Walker

Kara Walker is best known for her investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted papercut figures. Her panoramic friezes of black figures against white wall, large scale drawings, video animation, shadow puppets, and “magic lantern” projections, reflect the history of American slavery and contemporary racism. In 2014, her installation A Subtlety… commissioned by Creative Time featured a colossal sugar covered female sphinx in the former Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn. At 27, Walker became the second youngest recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award. She represented the US at the São Paulo Biennial, 2002, and became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. Walker’s major survey exhibition organized in 2007 by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis travelled to Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Whitney Museum, NYC; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She also had solo shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Tate Liverpool; Kunstverein Hannover, et al.

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