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six 1994 drawings by Kara Walker


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Kara Walker's art takes an irreverent, humorous, and fantastical look at the underbelly of America's obsessions with race, sex, and violence. Although best known for her room-size tableaux of large-scale black-and-white paper silhouettes, Walker also sustains a prolific output of smaller drawings and works on paper like those displayed here. The artist draws her iconography from sources as varied as the pre-Civil War American South, historical romance novels, commercial culture, and slave narratives. Through a "collusion of fact and fiction," she creates a complex reading of history that is at once seductive and terrifying. What at first glance appears innocent in its fairytale-like rendering is, upon closer inspection, soon revealed to be full of surprising twists and arresting situations.
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Source: Label text for six 1994 drawings by Kara Walker, from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.
Rights: Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009