Kara Walker - Art for One Drop New York Friday, September 21, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through the medium of the cut paper silhouette. Born in Stockton, California in 1969, Walker studied at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA, 1991) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1994). In spring 2014, Creative Time presented Walker’s first large scale public project. Sited at the abandoned Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the project – a massive sugar covered sphinx-like sculpture – responded to and reflected on troubled history of sugar.

  • 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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Sampler I Booty Call

cut paper on paper
65 x 42 in. (165.1 x 106.7 cm.)
Executed in 2013.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $264,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018