Kara Walker

1969 · United States

Artist biography

Kara Walker is an established mid-career artist, who was born in the United States. Kara Walker was born in 1969. Also born in the United States around 1969 and of the same generation are Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Kara Walker's work. These are Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in the United States and Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany. Kara Walker's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition FROM BLACK AND WHITE TO LIVING COLOR: THE COLLECTED MOTION PICTURES AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS OF KARA E. WALKER, ARTIST. at Sprüth Magers | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 03 October 2019 until 20 December 2019. Kara Walker's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; A TIME CAPSULE REVISITED (24 August 2018 - 14 November 2018) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and Drawings (05 March 2020 - 04 April 2020) at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in the United States. Kara Walker's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called POWER and took place at Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany from the 29 March 2017 to 10 June 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Kara Walker

Born in 1969, Kara Walker's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Kara Walker

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