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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Kara Walker

b. 1969, USA

Kara Walker is a contemporary African American artist whose works explore themes of race, violence, identity, sexuality, and gender. Her practice encompasses a variety of media including painting, drawing, light projection, and film thematically focussing on exposing prejudices and bringing attention to enduring biases within relationships, both political and personal.

Walker’s most recognisable works are her panoramic cut-paper silhouettes of black figures against white walls which engage with unsettling historical events by proposing alternative narratives. Throughout her oeuvre, Walker confronts the atrocities committed against African American slaves during the Antebellum South whilst also relating to present-day concerns of inequality.

At age 28, Walker was among the youngest people to receive a MacArthur Fellowship when she did so in 1997. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the 2004 Lucelia Artist Award from The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Deutsche Bank Artist of the Business Year Award in 2000, and two Honorary Doctorates, one from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and the other from the California College of the Arts in 2009.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power at the University of Wyoming Art Museum (2016); Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First at Victoria Miro, Wharf Road (2015); Anything but Civil: Kara Walker’s Vision of the Old South at the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis (2014); and Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! At Art Institute Chicago (2013). Walker’s work is held in several public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg; The Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Kara Walker lives and works in New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerTestimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions, 2004 Video, black & white, no audio; 8 min 49 sec
Sprüth Magers
Pastoral by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerPastoral, 1998 Wall painting in black
177.8 x 203.2 cm
Sprüth Magers
White Space by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerWhite Space, 2010 Graphite and pastel on paper
182.9 x 173.4 cm
Sprüth Magers
Banks's Army Leaving Simmsport by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerBanks's Army Leaving Simmsport, 2005 Offset lithography with silkscreen on Somerset textured paper
39 x 53 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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26 March–12 April 2019 Group Exhibition Eau de Cologne Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibiton, God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at David Zwirner, New York
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10 January–16 February 2019 Group Exhibiton God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York

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Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious Ocula Report Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious 4 May 2018 : Mitch Speed for Ocula

What do you need, in order to arrange a perfect storm of an artistic encounter, like Gallery Weekend Berlin (27–29 April 2018)? Galleries and a weekend, that much is obvious; but it's the next question that gets me. How does this Gallery Weekend differ from the other 50-odd weekends when art is exhibited throughout the year, in any given place?The...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin 20 Apr 2018 : Phoebe Blatton for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus 12 Sep 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Two private collection shows in Japan this summer revealed radically different ways to present and interpret the role of the contemporary art collector.

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Kara Walker at Tate Modern Review: Venus, Sharks and the Sadism of Empire Related Press Kara Walker at Tate Modern Review: Venus, Sharks and the Sadism of Empire Frieze : 4 October 2019

At the pinnacle of Kara Walker's 13-metre-high fountain in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, a Black woman's breasts and slashed jugular spurt water. It is horrifying. Maybe not so when you perceive the water as emerging only from her breasts, although the supposed excess layered onto Black femininity might jump out, but it chills to locate the source of...

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Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Related Press Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Telegraph : 3 October 2019

It can be tiring traipsing around the annual Frieze London art fair in Regent's Park – which is why, when you pass Tokyo gallery Taro Nasu's booth, you may find yourself drawn to a black vending machine.If you're after refreshment, though, prepare for disappointment – because this automated device is an installation by British conceptual artist...

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Hilton Als on the Films of Kara Walker Related Press Hilton Als on the Films of Kara Walker Frieze : 26 September 2019

By the late 1980s, I had pretty much stopped looking at contemporary art. I no longer trusted my eyes to see what the art world had to offer, in part because I couldn't see the forest for the trees. Back then, the trees glistened with so much gold and so many pendants celebrating boy achievement, amen, that the product of their fame and riches –...

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Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States Related Press Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States Hyperallergic : 21 December 2018

In 2018, artists and curators across the United States have been crafting brilliant exhibitions across the US, exploring themes of identity and community in innovative ways. Ebony G. Patterson made a maximalist tribute to victims of violence in her home country of Jamaica, while Joel Otterson crafted work recalling his parents' professions as a...

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