Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress

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Winner in the book category of the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003 competition presented by the American Institute of Graphic Arts

Kara Walker (b. 1969) has emerged as one of her generation's most important artists. Best known for her provocative black paper cutout silhouettes, she confronts stereotypes, sex, violence, and power relationships through Civil War-era parodies, narratives, and a mastery of craft and installation.

This book, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and the Williams College Museum of Art, presents a comprehensive overview of Walker's work, beginning with her first cut-paper wall installation, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart (1994). Other highlights include the 1996 series of twenty-four watercolor drawings, Brown Follies, which is reproduced in full as an artist's book within the book, and installation views of many of Walker's exhibitions. Recent drawings and projections are also featured. Throughout the book are a selection of the Walker's writings reproduced as they were created typed on index cards. These writings reveal a rarely seen side of the artist, whose words are as provocative as her installations and drawings. The essays discuss Walker's place in art history, formal and narrative readings of her work, her relation to culture at large, and issues of race, sexuality, and representation addressed in her work.

Copublished with the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and Williams College Museum of Art.

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About the Author:

Ian Berry is Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

Darby English is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.

Vivian Patterson is Associate Curator, Collections Management at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Mark Reinhardt is Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Williams College.

From Booklist:

Artist Walker's large-scale installations of black paper cutouts, silhouettes that from a distance look like lively, theatrical scenes from the antebellum era but which upon closer examination prove to be sharp-edged, sexually graphic, and disturbing parodies, have elicited both high praise and vehement condemnation. This well-designed and illuminating book is the first to grapple with Walker's audacious and shrewdly provocative inquiries into the sexual and racial stereotypes that arose from the Deep South's culture of oppression and hypocrisy, terror and hate, and that continue to poison lives today. Critical essays discuss Walker's rich visual lexicon and subversive humor, her use of silhouettes to strongly contrast black and white and conceal detail, thus reducing individuals to the roles racism forced on them. Walker's fascination with colonial fantasies, pulp romance, and slave narratives is thoroughly analyzed, as are her writings, a crucial aspect of her bold investigations into racial caricatures. Walker gives new meaning to the term body politic as she cajoles viewers into confronting painful questions of power, sex, and race. Donna Seaman
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