Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

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Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. She has gained international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation, for which she has used the genteel eighteenth-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the complete set of her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) for the first time since it was acquired in 2008. In this group of fifteen works, Walker appropriated select illustrations from Harpers’ Pictorial History of the Civil War—a two-volume anthology from 1866—enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence. According to the artist, the Civil War prints “are the landscapes that I imagine exist in the back of my somewhat more austere wall pieces.”Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. She has gained international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation, for which she has used the genteel eighteenth-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the complete set of her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) for the first time since it was acquired in 2008. In this group of fifteen works, Walker appropriated select illustrations from Harpers’ Pictorial History of the Civil War—a two-volume anthology from 1866—enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence. According to the artist, the Civil War prints “are the landscapes that I imagine exist in the back of my somewhat more austere wall pieces.”CreditKara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support has been provided by Crown Equipment Exhibitions Endowment.

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Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) Smithsonian American Art Museum Main address: Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. She has gained international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation, for which she has used the genteel eighteenth-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the complete set of her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) for the first time since it was acquired in 2008. In this group of fifteen works, Walker appropriated select illustrations from Harpers’ Pictorial History of the Civil War—a two-volume anthology from 1866—enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence. According to the artist, the Civil War prints “are the landscapes that I imagine exist in the back of my somewhat more austere wall pieces.”Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. She has gained international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation, for which she has used the genteel eighteenth-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the complete set of her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) for the first time since it was acquired in 2008. In this group of fifteen works, Walker appropriated select illustrations from Harpers’ Pictorial History of the Civil War—a two-volume anthology from 1866—enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence. According to the artist, the Civil War prints “are the landscapes that I imagine exist in the back of my somewhat more austere wall pieces.”CreditKara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support has been provided by Crown Equipment Exhibitions Endowment. Book tickets