Apr 15, 2012

Kara Walker

Yesterday I went to an opening at the Brooklyn Museum (wich is so worth a visit). In their permanent collection they had a painting by Kara Walker, which the friend I was with put to my attention. 

Walker makes black-paper silhouettes that at first glance might remind you of the antique portraits hanging in your grandmother’s living room. But look closer. You’ll see that Walker’s art is complicated by race, sex and the history of slavery in the plantation-era South. Much of it critiques historical narratives of slavery and the ongoing perpetuation of ethnic stereotypes.

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