Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Scene of McPherson's Death, 2005 - Kara Walker

About the Work

About Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Scene of McPherson's Death

Kara Walker's celebrated silhouettes show characters and scenes grounded in race and the history of the black experience in America. This work from her controversial 2005 series combines lithographic reproductions from the 1866 publication Harper's Pictorial History of ...

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Kara Walker's celebrated silhouettes show characters and scenes grounded in race and the history of the black experience in America. This work from her controversial 2005 series combines lithographic reproductions from the 1866 publication Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) with Walker's silhouettes silkscreened on top. Walker's interference in the images challenges the objectivity of these historical documents and uses the backdrop of the War Between the States to explore the trauma of slavery that persists in contemporary culture.

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About the Artist

About Kara Walker

Kara Walker's instantly recognizable cut-paper silhouettes are visually striking and charged with racial, sexual, and historical tension, commenting on slavery, the Black American experience ...

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Kara Walker's instantly recognizable cut-paper silhouettes are visually striking and charged with racial, sexual, and historical tension, commenting on slavery, the Black American experience, and women's place in society. The characters that populate her work are almost cartoonish, the reduction of human beings to pure physiognomy and exaggerated characteristics indicative of persisting racial and gender stereotypes. "Most pieces have to do with exchanges of power, attempts to steal power away from others," she notes of her art.

Walker's work challenges viewers with scenes and characters that are puzzling, bizarre, shocking, and graphic. While at times controversial, her work encourages the type of engagement, interpretation, and dialogue that makes works of art truly socially and politically relevant. In 1997, Walker was the recipient of the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship becoming the youngest person at that time to receive the award, and her career has continued to flourish since.

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Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Scene of McPherson's Death, 2005

Kara Walker

Print

Description

Offset lithography, silkscreen.

Authentication

Signed, numbered and dated in graphite on lower right recto.

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This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

Additional Information

Artist Proof 3 of 5.

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