Employing the traditional print medium of etching (most often associated with European masters such as Rembrandt), the contemporary African American artist Kara Walker loads images of the Civil War era with grotesque stereotypes and elements of violence and sexuality. By doing so, Walker challenges heroic Civil War narratives and forces the viewer to confront the dishonesty of sanitized accounts of historical race relations.
Ink etching and aquatint on paper
sheet: 18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
image: 11 3/4 x 8 13/16 in. (29.8 x 22.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in pencil: "KW 97"
Inscribed lower left in pencil: "30/35"; inscribed verso: "copyright 1997 Landfall Press, Inc. 329 W 18th Street, Suite 601, Chicago, IL 6061 KW-96-05-C"
Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
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Kara Walker (American, born 1969). Vanishing Act, 1997. Ink etching and aquatint on paper, sheet: 18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 1997.80.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.80.1_PS1.jpg)
overall, 1997.80.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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