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Kara Elizabeth Walker

November 26, 1969 -


Kara Walker (born November 26, 1969) is a contemporary African-American artist 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.
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An extremely prolific and active artist, Kara Walker’s work explores race, gender, and sexuality and exposes the violence that can accompany those topics. She is best known for her reworking of Victorian silhouette drawings, which she uses in large scale murals. In these works, she combines historical knowledge of slavery and subjugation with the romantic theatricality of storytelling. Along with her murals and drawings, she has made many sculptural installations including the 35-foot tall sculpture titled A Subtlety. Walker was one of the youngest ever recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and her work is exhibited in museums worldwide.

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