Bureau of Refugees: July 26 Jno. Dunn beat freedwoman severely, trial a farce

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  • Provenance

    Sikkema Jenkns & Co., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Kara Walker

    American • 1969

    Kara Walker sugarcoats nothing. Her masterpiece public art commission, A Subtlety, 2014, was a 35-foot high racial confrontation of artifact, mythology and American history in the form of a sphinx packed from 80-tonnes of Domino white sugar crystals. Walker's practice first caught audiences with her haunting paper cutout silhouettes retelling the injustices of slavery and the foundations of American capitalist culture.

    Walker's immense talent matched by her cunning commentary has made her one of the most important contemporary artists today, having enjoyed major exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York in addition to permanent placements within the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Institute Chicago. Her auction market is strong for a mid-career artist, with works reaching more than $300,000.

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Bureau of Refugees: July 26 Jno. Dunn beat freedwoman severely, trial a farce

cut black paper
8 x 28 1/4 in. (20.3 x 71.8 cm.)
Executed in 2007.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

sold for $20,000

Contact Specialist
Rebekah Bowling
Head of Sale
New York
+ 1 212 940 1250

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New York Auction 19 September 2017