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卡拉·沃克 | 《無題》

估價
90,000 - 120,000 GBP
已售出
150,000 GBP
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描述

  • Kara Walker
  • 《無題》
  • 剪紙、粉彩紙本,裱於畫布
  • 71 x 71 inches

來源

布倫特·西克馬,紐約(直接購自藝術家)
現藏家2000年購自上述藏家

展覽

美茵河畔法蘭克福,德意志銀行;維也納,博物館區,〈卡拉·沃克〉,2002年1月-2003年2月

紐約,唐楊茜恩教學博物館及美術館;麻省,威廉斯學院藝術博物館,〈卡拉·沃克:一位女黑人的自述〉,2003年1-12月,17頁載彩圖

紐約,大都會藝術博物館,〈大都會藝術博物館收藏的卡拉·沃克作品:洪水過後〉,2006年3-8月,12-13頁載彩圖

出版

希拉里·M·希茨,〈鯊魚、蠻荒與聖徒:卡拉·沃克在大都會藝術博物館策展〉,《藝術新聞》,2006年6月,品號6,128頁載彩圖

拍品資料及來源

Untitled is a macabre, tragicomic and vaudevillian dreamscape by an artist who, just a year after this work was produced, was awarded the Genius Grant by the MacArthur Foundation. Drawing on the bourgeois, twee connotations of eighteenth-century cut-paper silhouette art, as well as patriotic, post-American Revolution history painting, Kara Walker’s Untitled depicts an impish girl – bludgeon in hand – engaged in battle with a distressed horse. In the background, a Mississippi steamboat blazing fire from its chimneys conjures a veritable plethora of imagery from US history; including the antebellum South, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the economic boom and Westward Expansion of Andrew Jackson’s presidency. Serving as a dramatic counterpoint to the conflict in the foreground, the steamboat emits violent hues of orange and red pastel from its hull, cabin and upper deck; bearing a striking resemblance to the Sultana steamboat – the victim of the most deadly maritime disaster in US history in which a staggering 1192 passengers lost their lives. Brought about by a boiler explosion on 27th April 1865, the ship’s loss was eclipsed in American collective consciousness by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln’s murderer John Wilkes Booth just the previous day. Exuding poignant parallels to the dangerous boats by which African slaves were brought to the United States, Untitled makes perfect use of the Sultana incident as a metaphor for the innumerable, bloody stories commonly omitted by conventional accounts of America’s past. Shown at the 2003 exhibition Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and Williams College Museum of Art, the present work is an extraordinary re-conception of US history; successfully confounding, informing and enthralling us all at once.

Widely known for her scholarship in art history, Walker draws on the cut-paper profile caricatures of August Edouart, John Miers and most significantly Moses Williams in the United States. Freed from slavery by Charles Willson Peale in 1802, Williams was an African-American profile-cutter and master of the so-called ‘Physiognotrace’ or ‘face-tracing’ machine. Williams was taught how to analyse and render putative ‘facial types’ with the use of black cardboard over pale or white backgrounds. It is by appropriating this medium – in which racist tropes and generalisations were perpetuated in a way that was presented as innocuous – that Walker’s work acquires so much of its power. In her 1994 Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred b’tween the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, which was exhibited at the Drawing Center, New York and first engendered her international fame, Walker depicts such cut-out figures performing an array of strange, sexual and violent acts; stripping the medium of its middle-class romance and revealing the nefarious assumptions of its privileged customer-base.

And yet, while such interpretations are invited by Walker, the work itself maintains a laconic distance from them. Born in a relatively integrated Californian suburb in 1969, Walker moved to Atlanta aged 13 and there she experienced her first real taste of discrimination and racism. Graduating from the Atlanta School of Art, Georgia and the Rhode Island School of Design, Walker was greatly influenced by Andy Warhol’s cool gaze, the re-configurations of Robert Colescott, and the philosophy of Adrian Piper. Walker represented the US at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2002 with her work Slavery! Slavery! (1997), and in 2014, launched her breathtaking 75ft sculpture A Subtlety in the Domino sugar refining plant before its demolition.

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