This is the official page for Kara Walker, a highly regarded Negress of international prominence, and noteworthy talent.
As in dreams every character and situation is a manifestation of the dreamers psyche. It always gives me pause when viewers assume that I, Kara, exist in this work most in the forms that are black and female- that they are my surrogates. But if "I" am in the work at all (not saying that i am) would I not just as much exist as the grave robber, the disemboweled man, the Cop, the tree stump, the charlatan and the snake? I mean I'm responsible for them, they are my thoughts and ideas.
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My sketchbook MCMXCIX is out via Roma Publications and available at the Printed Matter Art Book Fair at PS1 this weekend. Here it is next to #Exarcheia_Athens by @ari_marcopoulos_official #printedmatter #nyabf17 #romapublications is the publisher, check @roma.publications website if you want to buy or @sikkemajenkins gallery
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This is me. Through and through. Photo by my sis. @danaimages
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In the NYTimes. Roberta Smith gives a thumbs up. Thanks to the gazillion people who came last night amid all the gallery hopping and fashion night outing, I was there off and on. ✊🏾
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Paris. 9.2.17 my friend @ari_marcopoulos_official is opening his show "machine" at #galeriefrankelbaz its loud and diverse and chaotic and in love with humanity at its extremities. (That's me in there drawing on one screen) (also Nora Chipaumire is in there, Carmelo Anthony, Wiki, Ratking, Yellowtears, a whole host of friends and soon to be friends- and their kinetic energy)
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One doesn't eclipse the other. Two books arrived today. @ari_marcopoulos_official HBA book and mine, a reproduction of one of my old sketchbooks. Titled "1999" published by #romapublications My book will be available through booksellers #dashwoodbooks and at #sikkemajenkins gallery in NY, as well as the Roma publications booth at the New York Art Book Fair at PS1 in mid Sept. #makingbooks #Repost @ari_marcopoulos_official (@get_repost)
In the mail today Kara's sketchbook by @roma.publications and my HBA book by @print_publication Then my show opening on 2nd in Paris Kara's on 7th in NYC.
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At Somewhere In Brooklyn
@_octa_ a few years ago checking out the Delacroix painting "the Death of Sardanapalus" from an apocryphal story about a decadent and slothful king in Assyria who, rather than submit to defeat, piled his riches and stuffed his concubines into a massive funeral pyre destroying all. It was a favorite subject among the Romantics.
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At Musee du Lourve Paris
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It's a Long Title....
#Repost @sikkemajenkins (@get_repost)
Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present
The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!
Collectors of Fine Art will Flock to see the latest Kara Walker offerings, and what is she offering but the Finest Selection of artworks by an African-American Living Woman Artist this side of the Mississippi. Modest collectors will find her prices reasonable, those of a heartier disposition will recognize Bargains! Scholars will study and debate the Historical Value and Intellectual Merits of Miss Walker’s Diversionary Tactics. Art Historians will wonder whether the work represents a Departure or a Continuum. Students of Color will eye her work suspiciously and exercise their free right to Culturally Annihilate her on social media. Parents will cover the eyes of innocent children. School Teachers will reexamine their art history curricula. Prestigious Academic Societies will withdraw their support, former husbands and former lovers will recoil in abject terror. Critics will shake their heads in bemused silence. Gallery Directors will wring their hands at the sight of throngs of the gallery-curious flooding the pavement outside. The Final President of the United States will visibly wince. Empires will fall, although which ones, only time will tell.
• Please join us for the Opening Reception on September 7, 6-8PM • Image: Kara Walker, detail, 2017. #sikkemajenkins #KaraWalker
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Present from @ari_marcopoulos_official because I've been working hard. This, my favorite New York story/image- Antoine Yates' 350 lb pet TIGER which he raised in Harlem's Drew Hamilton housing projects. The image of the NYPD sniper, armed with tranquilizer darts- rappelling down the building- confronted by its wild inhabitant- on a skateboard deck designed by the guys at Public Housing Skate Team #publichousingskateteam
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New Album by my friend - Athenian MC Kareem Kalokoh. Aka Congo @congopiink -also of the #athkids collective who blew up my #hydra opening is out NOW!!! Spotify and wherever you get your tunes. @josephmouzakitis @rivera_picture @dennisgr33n @athkids. 📸 @ari_marcopoulos_official
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Coming soon from #romapublications in collaboration with @ari_marcopoulos_official we're printing an edition of an old sketchbook of mine from 1999. Titled simply "MCMXCIX" its odd, intimate, unfiltered. It'll soon be available either through Roma Publications or wherever Idea Books are sold. https://www.romapublications.org/
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Q: What happens next time there's a fire and no ones around to catch it before it spreads?
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In dialogue and not at war. Bettye Saar work sitting over my print "No World" with my kiddo posed in front at the National Museum--
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At Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
On faded fax paper two protest documents circulated by Artists against Negative Black Images, singling my work out for censure. These sheets slipped out of a book I was looking at yesterday and lo and behold it's been almost 20 years. I'm still thinking about caricature, folklore, history, nastiness, cruelty, irreverence, the limits of the flesh, the limits of skin, of experience and of language. I'm invested in art and it's impossibility and necessity and that's all I got to say right now. 😈👼🏾
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#Repost @kaleidoscopemagazine (@get_repost)
An exclusive, intimate photo story by @ari_marcopoulos_official x @kaleidoscopemagazine documenting the making of @kara_walker_official new project for @destefoundation in Hydra 👀🔥#KALEIDOSCOPEMAGAZINE #KARAWALKER #ARIMARCOPOULOS #DESTEFOUNDATION #HYDRA
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Figa from Brazil. A gift from @brentsikkema 💕
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So nice I posted it twice. This has a few more pictures, plus that ubiquitous selfie. Having a great opening night outdoors with #athkids #error404 #destefoundation #hydra slaughterhouse. I spent a little time fielding questions about the untitled video I made for the event which was projected behind AthKids a crew of modern Athenians- strivers- on a theme of magical thinking, cultural loss, migration, death, and the sea. The slaughterhouse holds a relic of "the marvelous sugar baby" of 2014 plus a new work fabricated on site with local materials. In all I was happy with how the eve went down despite my fear of crowds.
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Dramatic sunset, amazing turnout, Athens based #athkids outdid themselves @dennisgr33n started out the set followed by dj @josephmouzakitis and mc's @congopiink and @majincost who held their own. So proud to have met these guys with my friend @ari_marcopoulos_official and had the opportunity to see them live. #destefoundation #error404 #hydraslaughterhouse
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Ari's amazing photo of me with ATH Kids collective. Repost @ari_marcopoulos_official (@get_repost)
Kara brings some flavor to Hydra. @athkids @congopiink @majincost @josephmouzakitis @rivera_picture @dennisgr33n @destefoundation @ari_marcopoulos_official
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At Hydra, Greece