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Freedom: A Fable

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Freedom: A Fable

Artist: Kara Elizabeth Walker (American, born 1967)

Date: 1997
Medium: Paper (130 lb. Classic Crest Cover); pop-up black silhouettes (65 lb. Curtis Tuscan Antique Cover); leather binding with Norwegian finish
Overall: 9 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 3/4in. (23.5 x 21 x 1.9cm)
Credit Line: Peter Norton Family Christmas Project 1997
Object number: 98.1
Label Text
Kara Walker is an African-American artist who has received wide acclaim in the art world–including a "genius" award from the MacArthur Foundation–for her silhouette imagery of violent and sexual practices among black American slaves and their owners. Walker's intention, in part, is to make audiences aware of the United States' ugly past and how that past continues to be felt today.


© Kara Walker; Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York