Kara Walker, Fixin’, Pitted, Fished, Pitied, 1995

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Silhouettes - those traditionally small and genteel forms of nineteenth-century portraiture - are (sometimes literally) turned on their heads in Kara Walker’s work. Since the 1990s she has been making large-scale silhouettes out of cut-black paper as well as prints that are either framed or applied directly to white walls at times around entire rooms. Boldly graphic in their black-on-white design and beautifully crafted with intricate cutouts, these elegant works nevertheless address difficult and heinous subjects in American history related to racial stereotyping, slavery, and the subjugation of women. 

Posted March 30 2012, with 193 Notes

Tags: art art history kara walker fixin' pitted fished pitied 

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    I was lucky to see one her installations as part of the 30 Americans exhibit. Her stuff awes me.
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