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Kara Walker (American, b.1969)
LOT ID: 74200
Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes), 2002

Artist Book
12.75 х 8.5 х 0.5 in. (32.38 x 21.59 x 1.27 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in Colophon by Kara Walker, Toni Morrison, and Peter Koch.
Print/Casting Year 2002
Edition 399
Foundry/Publisher Rainmaker Editions, 2002
Lot description
Book size: 12-3/4 x 8-1/2 x 1/2 inches (32.4 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm)
Average size each of the 5 images: 6 x 4 inches (15.2 x 10.2 cm)

This limited edition artist book has 5 original silhouettes by Kara Walker that are letterpress printed in black with a rectangular field printed in transparent white behind the image. It is hand signed by Kara Walker, Toni Morrison, and Peter Koch, the designer, in the rear colophon. The book was designed and printed letterpress from photopolymer plates at Peter Koch, Printers. The poem "Five Poems" by Toni Morrison is set in Rialto Piccolo, a typeface designed by Giovanni de Faccio and Lui Karner, and is printed on Rives BFK paper. This edition is case-bound in Fabriano Ingres-covered boards printed with a Walker design and comes housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. Binding and housing are by Jace Graf at Cloverleaf Studio in Austin, Texas. The slipcase, boards, the plates, and interior pages are in excellent condition.

Contemporary American artist Kara Walker is known for her signature cut-paper silhouette installations and light projection puppet-show videos. Theatrically set and casually violent, Walker’s vignettes depict dark behaviors within the format of a classical, black and white frieze to examine and comment on various power struggles. She explores American history and attitudes concerning identity, gender, race and sexuality with a definite aloofness, playing historical realism against scenes of romantic fantasy. With colored spotlights illuminating her silhouetted figures, Walker’s powerful installations work to implicate audiences as they bear witness to scenes of cut-paper characters inflicting heinous acts of violence upon one another. A 1997 MacArthur Grant Recipient, Walker was also the 2002 United States representative for the São Paulo Art Biennial in Brazil.

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
  • Five Poems (Limited Edition Book with 5 Original Silhouettes) by Kara Walker
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