Kara Walker - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 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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Emancipation Approximation: Scenes 5; 9; 15; 18; and 26

Five screenprints in colors, on Somerset paper, the full sheets.
all S. 44 x 34 in. (111.8 x 86.4 cm)
All signed and dated, two numbered 'VIII/XXV', one numbered 'XIII/XXV', one numbered 'AP1' and one numbered 'AP2' in pencil, edition of 20 in Roman numerals (two of 5 artist's proofs, three from the Roman numeral edition, there was also an edition of 20 in Arabic numerals), published by Sikkema Jenkins Editions, New York, all unframed.

$50,000 - 70,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021