Kara Walker

December 10, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
Kara Walker’s artistic medium is the delicate, 18th-century technique of cut-paper silhouettes. Her themes, though, are less polite: racism, slavery, and sexual abuse. Depicting the most graphic transgressions (beatings, rapes, and lynchings) between African-American slaves and their masters, Walker forces viewers to deal with difficult issues in a unique, thought-provoking way.

Old-fashioned Controversy

Visit ArtNet for a bibliography of Kara Walker’s work, selected articles and books by and about the author, artist reviews, and a listing of the museums where her work can be found.
The Walker Art Center offers an on-line companion guide to the exhibition "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love." The guide includes a brief introduction to the artist's life, an overview of her methods, and references for further study.


Minnesota Public Radio posts a detailed feature article on Kara Walker. Learn more about the artist’s racially and sexually charged work. Listen to an audio broadcast discussing the artist and view a slideshow of Walker’s work.
Watch exhibition videos, view slideshows, read artist interviews, and explore interactive links in PBS’s jam-packed feature on Kara Walker.
Inspired by the troubles besetting the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Walker created a volume titled Kara Walker: After the Deluge, exploring the interconnectedness of the subjects of the sea, race, and poverty by juxtaposing examples of her work and historical works from the 19th century. 


New York Magazine delivers an evocative article on Kara Walker and her work, noting that she has been compared to artistic predecessors as wide-ranging as Richard Pryor and Goya. Walker is well on her way to world renown, especially since her recent, full-scale survey exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Learn about the highlights of Walker’s 2000 Guggenheim exhibition: “Insurrection! Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On” employs cut-paper silhouettes and light projections.
Read the Washington Post review of Walker’s recent Whitney Museum retrospective. Learn what some believe is the answer to dealing with racist acts and offensive nooses.
Kara Walker was recently profiled as one of TIME Magazine's top 100 artists & entertainers. Read the entry to discover how this groundbreaking artist is challenging our singular notion of history.

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