Kara Walker - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    Kara Walker, 'Untitled' Lot 132

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Victoria Miro, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Victoria Miro, Kara Walker: Norma, 13 November 2015 - 16 January 2016, pp. 122-124 (illustrated, pp. 122-123)

  • 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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signed 'Kara Walker' on the reverse
spray paint on vellum
47.4 x 61.4 cm (18 5/8 x 24 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2015.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £20,000

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020