The exhibition deliberately follows a non-chronological order that foregrounds the abundance that reveals her spontaneous thought process through pencil and brush. The selection is not based on a precisely delimited compilation of individual works but rather reflects the broad spectrum of Walker’s artistic activity. For the artist, the opening of the archive is a chance to examine both her biography and her artistic past. She uses the term “excavation.” The inventory is at once a sort of self-analysis. Many of the works were created without the intention of exhibiting them. Until now, many seemed to Walker too private and provocative for the public. Others were conceived for previous exhibitions but ultimately cut. The works are part of an ongoing process and form the sediment of Walker’s artistic activity.
KARA WALKER. A BLACK HOLE IS EVERYTHING A STAR LONGS TO BE.
For the first time ever, Kara Walker presents more than 600 works in her personal archive from the past 28 years: sketches, collages, newspaper clippings, and handwritten entries such as index cards, dream recordings, and intimate notes.