Sweet and Bitter

Kara Walker turns 40 tones of sugar into a monumental anti-slavery installation, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby” (2014).

In this ART21 episode, Walker explains how her extensive research into the history of sugar, inspired her to create a colossal sugar-coated sphinx, as well as a series of life-sized, sugar and resin boy figurines.

Kara Walker explores the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in her work, crafting vivid psychological narratives from a contemporary perspective on historical conditions. Over the past two decades, Walker has unleashed the traditionally Victorian medium of the silhouette onto the walls of the gallery, creating immersive installations that envelop the viewer. Walker’s multi-media work—which includes drawing, watercolor, video, and sculpture—often reconsider grotesque caricatures, probing their persistence in popular culture and reclaiming their subjugating power to alternative ends.

Learn more about the artist at:
http://www.art21.org/artists/kara-walker

For more about this particular work head here: http://tiny.cc/k3s3qx

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