Kara Walker

Artist continually asking questions of America’s racist past and present

Walker’s work has long foregrounded the perversion and violence inherent in the American Dream, and this past year has seen her vision cast far and wide. An oversize, sugar-coated left hand was exhibited in the Deste Foundation on the Greek island of Hydra this summer, a remnant of her monumental 2014 Creative Time installation A Subtlety, and she was part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Legacy of Lynching group show, as well as having solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Art Museum and Victoria Miro, London. She’ll also be participating in the Prospect New Orleans triennial opening this month. Walker’s much-shared text accompanying her September gallery exhibition, titled Sikkema Jenkins and Co is Compelled to Present the Most Astounding and Important Painting Show of the Fall Art Show Viewing Season!, gives ample evidence of the irony, impatience and accuracy that defines her work: ‘I roll my eyes, fold my arms and wait. How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology?’