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The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work

The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work


WALKER. The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work

Yale University Press

Pap. 2016

Book ID: 101011

Kara Walkers work astutely examines race, gender, and identity. Walkers newest series of large-scale drawings stem from her consideration of monuments and notions of permanence and impermanence following her massive public art project, A Subtlety, in Brooklyn. Influenced in part by the artists recent residency at the American Academy in Rome, this series of drawings is an extensive examination of how Walker envisions the rise and fall of society. Richly illustrated, this publication includes plates of each drawing, as well as intimate photographs of the artist at work taken by her partner, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos. An introduction by Reto Thring and Beau Rutland contextualizes the importance of this latest evolution within Walkers oeuvre; John Lansdowne addresses the topic of Christian iconography and its relationship to Walkers new drawings; and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith contributes a new poem. In addition, a text by Walker considers her work within the recent political climate.

79 pp. English