Kara Walker: White Shadows in Blackface

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One of the most celebrated artists of our time, Kara Walker has spent the past three decades creating provocative, confrontational, critical and highly imaginative depictions of African Americans and whites in an effort to expose the horrors of our country’s collective past. Kara Walker: White Shadows in Blackface explores the work of this groundbreaking artist through the lens of several historical popular cultural traditions. Inside this clothbound book, you’ll find essays from leading art historian Robert Hobbs, which offer an in-depth analysis on the many ways that anti-Black conventions like blackface Americana, Harlequin Romance novels, Stone Mountain’s racist tourist attraction and the minstrel tradition have informed Walker’s challenging and thought-provoking body of work. These essays were originally written to accompany Walker’s 2002 exhibitions at the São Paolo Bienal and the Kunstverein Hannover and are published here in book form for the first time. Interspersed throughout this text, you’ll find images of Walkers cut-paper silhouette murals, which unflinchingly depict indicting and often times disturbing antebellum scenes in the style of anti-Black artifacts. An in-depth investigation into the historical context behind Walker’s oeuvre, this book is sure to be a stirring read for art and history lovers alike.  

 

•by Robert Hobbs
•artwork by Kara Walker
•clothbound hardcover
•174 pages

 

•6.75"W x .75"D x 9.5"H

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