Kara Walker

Untitled paranoia sketch

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Year 2020
Medium Ink on coloured paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.5 cm
Nominated by Dr Anita Haldemann
Top pick Edward Lee, collector

About the work

This is a drawing that was made in March 2020 at the beginning of the worldwide pandemic. The stay at home order had just come down and I sat down at the kitchen table with the first piece of paper I could find, and did this.

About the artist:

Born 1969 Stockton, Kara Walker lives and works in New York. Graduated from MFA Painting/Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design (1994); and BFA Painting/Printmaking, Atlanta College of Art (1991).

Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

Selected exhibitions include Du Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tillburg (2022); Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, New Museum, New York (2021); A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be: Kara Walker, Drawings 1993-2020, Kunstmuseum Basel (2021); Schirn Kusthalle Frankfurt (2021); Hyundai Commission, Kara Walker: Fons Americanus, Tate Modern, London (2019); At the behest of Creative Time, Kara E. Walker has confected: A Subtlety, or the Marvellous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant, a project of Creative Time, Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn (2014); Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth (2008); Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2006); 25a Bienal de São Paulo (2002); Istanbul Biennial: The Passion and the Wave (1999); Upon My Many Masters – An Outline, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1997); 1997 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1997); and Selections 1994, The Drawing Center, New York (1994).

Awards include W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard University Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Cambridge M.A. (2017); Brendan Gill Prize, The Municipal Art Society of New York (2015); Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship, United States Artists (2008); Lucelia Artist Award, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2004); and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (1997).

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