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Kara Walker
1969–

Introduction

Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, filmmaker, and professor who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. Walker was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 1997, at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest ever recipients of the award. She has been the Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University since 2015.

Walker is regarded as among the most prominent and acclaimed Black American artists working today.

Wikidata identifier

Q444277

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Introduction

Known for her nearly life-sized silhouettes of stereotypical slave narratives that explore race relations and its history through jolting yet whimsical pictorial means; included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, book artist, installation artist, painter, paper artist, serigrapher, silhouette artist

ULAN identifier

500123343

Names

Kara Walker, Kara Elizabeth Walker

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