Kara Walker

Kara Walker

Narratives of A Negress

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
The work of artist Kara Walker is examined in detail, presenting an overview of the artistÆs life and work, while discussing her place in art history and capturing her provocative black paper cutout silhouettes. (Fine Arts).

MIT Press
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.
A comprehensive, illustrated overview of the work of contemporary artist Kara Walker.

Blackwell North Amer
Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress 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, through new multimedia installations that feature layers of colored projections. The 1996 series of twenty-four watercolors, Brown Follies, is reproduced in full, as are many views of Walker's past exhibitions. Throughout the book is a selection of Walker's writings printed as they appear typed on index cards. These writings reveal a rarely seen side of the artist, whose words are as provocative as her installations and drawings. Also included are four essays that discuss Walker's place in art history, formal and narrative dimensions of her work, her relation to culture at large, and issues of race, sexuality, and representation addressed in her art.

Publisher: Saratoga Springs, NY : Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College : Williams College Museum of Art ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003
Edition: 1st MIT Press ed
ISBN: 9780262025409
026202540X
Characteristics: 205 p. : col. ill. ; 25 x 30 cm
Alternative Title: Narratives of a negress

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