Lot 541
  • 541

Kara Walker

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  • Kara Walker
  • Untitled
  • cut paper between linen, mounted in wooden light box
  • 60 by 72 by 8 in. 152.4 by 182.9 by 20.3 cm.
  • Executed in 1996-1997.


Wooster Gardens, New York
Christie's, New York, November 17, 1999, Lot 366
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Catalogue Note

"Which of us has overcome his past? And the past of a Negro is blood dripping down through the leaves, gouged out eyeballs, the sex torn from the socket and severed with a knife. But this past is not special to the Negro. The horror is also the past, and the everlasting potential, or temptation, of the human race. If we do not know this, it seems to me, we know nothing about ourselves, nothing about each other; to have accepted this is also to have found a source of strength - source of all our power. But one must first accept this paradox, with joy." (James Baldwin)