Kara Walker - New Now New York Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Wooster Gardens, New York
    Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1996
    Phillips, London, March 9, 2018, lot 207
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    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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Property from the Collection of Blake Byrne, Los Angeles


Forging Freedoms

charcoal on cut paper
55 7/8 x 47 7/8 in. (142.2 x 121.9 cm.)
Executed in 1996.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $65,000

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Sam Mansour
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1219


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New York Auction 4 March 2020