Born 1969 – United States
New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures.
Walker says “Once you open up the Pandora's box of race and gender... you're never done.”
Her work can be found in major museums and public collections throughout the world including the Guggenheim, MoMA, the Met, and the Tate.
During the spring of 2014, Walker’s first large scale public project, a monumental installation entitled A Subtlety: Or… the Marvelous 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, was on view at the abandoned Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Almost nothing disrupts the comfort of a mainstream white art audience more than a discussion of sexuality, violence, and race. When a black female artist explores these topics there is a faint but unmistakable shudder that will ripple through the crowd. This moment of shared embarrassment and denial is exactly the reaction artist Kara Walker is looking for when she presents her work to the public.” Amanda Thomas, November 26, 2015