Kara Walker, ‘A Means to An End... A Shadow Drama in Five Acts (L. P. p. 216, fig. 85)’, 1995, Print, Etching and aquatint, on five sheets of Somerset paper, the full sheets., Phillips
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Kara Walker

Lot 44

A Means to An End... A Shadow Drama in Five Acts (L. P. p. 216, fig. 85), 1995

Etching and aquatint, on five sheets of Somerset paper, the full sheets.
Phillips
Estimated value: $30,000–$50,000
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overall 34 3/4 x 118 3/4 in. (88.3 x 301.6 cm)

Published by Landfall Press, Inc., Chicago (with …

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Signed, titled, dated and annotated 'LP' in pencil across the top of the sheets (a publisher's proof, the edition was 20 and 5 artist's …
Kara Walker
American, b. 1969
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Kara Walker is known for creating black-and-white silhouette works that invoke themes of African American racial identity. Her subjects, often scenes of slavery, conflict or violence, are rendered in a style recalling traditional African illustration and folklore of the pre-Civil War United States; the works preserve and draw critical attention to these earlier cultural epochs. Working in collage, Walker cuts out and affixes black or white paper directly to gallery walls, and utilizes light projectors to cast viewers’ own shadows into her silhouetted narratives, creating a deeply engaging experience. Despite the oftentimes sombre nature of her subjects, Walker relies on humor and viewer interaction. “I didn’t want a completely passive viewer,” she has said. “I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful.”

Kara Walker, ‘A Means to An End... A Shadow Drama in Five Acts (L. P. p. 216, fig. 85)’, 1995, Print, Etching and aquatint, on five sheets of Somerset paper, the full sheets., Phillips
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overall 34 3/4 x 118 3/4 in. (88.3 x 301.6 cm)

Published by Landfall Press, Inc., Chicago (with their inkstamp on the reverse), all unframed.

Medium
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Signed, titled, dated and annotated 'LP' in pencil across the top of the sheets (a publisher's proof, the edition was 20 and 5 artist's …
Kara Walker
American, b. 1969
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Kara Walker is known for creating black-and-white silhouette works that invoke themes of African American racial identity. Her subjects, often scenes of slavery, conflict or violence, are rendered in a style recalling traditional African illustration and folklore of the pre-Civil War United States; the works preserve and draw critical attention to these earlier cultural epochs. Working in collage, Walker cuts out and affixes black or white paper directly to gallery walls, and utilizes light projectors to cast viewers’ own shadows into her silhouetted narratives, creating a deeply engaging experience. Despite the oftentimes sombre nature of her subjects, Walker relies on humor and viewer interaction. “I didn’t want a completely passive viewer,” she has said. “I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would either giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful.”

Kara Walker

Lot 44

A Means to An End... A Shadow Drama in Five Acts (L. P. p. 216, fig. 85), 1995

Etching and aquatint, on five sheets of Somerset paper, the full sheets.
Phillips
Estimated value: $30,000–$50,000
Starting bid
$24,000

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