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Themes and motifs in the art of Kara Walker, from blackface to abjection, by leading art historian and curator Robert Hobbs.
Among the most respected artists of the past three decades, Kara Walker (b. 1969) has been lauded for her tough, critical, provocative, and highly imaginative representations of Black and White people, reaching back to antebellum times. This book features two early extended essays on her work by noted art historian Robert Hobbs, who broke new ground by analyzing Walker´s art in terms of several popular culture traditions, including blackface Americana, Harlequin Romance novels, Stone Mountain´s tourist attraction near where Walker spent her adolescent years, and the minstrel tradition. Written for Walker´s 2002 exhibitions at the Sâo Paulo Bienal and the Kunstverein Hannover, these essays are for the first time being made available to a wider audience.
Robert Hobbs (born 1946) has written more than 50 books and catalogs, focusing on such artists as Milton Avery, Alice Aycock, Lee Krasner, Robert Smithson and Kehinde Wiley. Since 1991 he has held the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of American Art in the School of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2004 he has served as a visiting professor at Yale University.
Now based in New York, Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, in 1969. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994; soon afterward, Walker rose to prominence for her large, provocative silhouettes installed directly onto the walls of exhibition spaces.
Publisher: Karma Books, 2023
Texts: Robert Hobbs
Format: Hardcover, 176 pages; 24 x 17 x 2 cm – 552 gr.
Illustrations: 26 color, 21 bw