Seeing the Unspeakable
The Art of Kara Walker
By (author) Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Normal Price: $46.70
Your Price: $42.03 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $4.67! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.10 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 8-11 days
Seeing the Unspeakable by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Book DescriptionOne of the youngest recipients of a MacArthur "genius" grant, Kara Walker, an African American artist, is best known for her iconic, often life-size, black-and-white silhouetted figures, arranged in unsettling scenes on gallery walls. These visually arresting narratives draw viewers into a dialogue about the dynamics of race, sexuality, and violence in both the antebellum South and contemporary culture. Walker's work has been featured in exhibits around the world and in American museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney. At the same time, her ideologically provocative images have drawn vociferous criticism from several senior African American artists, and a number of her pieces have been pulled from exhibits amid protests against their disturbing representations. Seeing the Unspeakable provides a sustained consideration of the controversial art of Kara Walker. Examining Walker's striking silhouettes, evocative gouache drawings, and dynamic prints, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw analyzes the inspiration for and reception of four of Walker's pieces: The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven, John Brown, A Means to an End, and Cut. She offers an overview of Walker's life and career, and contextualizes her art within the history of African American visual culture and in relation to the work of contemporary artists including Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, and Michael Ray Charles. Shaw describes how Walker deliberately challenges viewers' sensibilities with radically de-sentimentalized images of slavery and racial stereotypes. This book reveals a powerful artist who is questioning, rather than accepting, the ideas and strategies of social responsibility that her parents' generation fought to establish during the civil rights era. By exploiting the racist icons of the past, Walker forces viewers to see the unspeakable aspects of America's racist past and conflicted present.
Buy Seeing the Unspeakable book by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780822333968
(5983mm x 3971mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Represent, Hardback (March 2015)
A publication that highlights nearly 140 objects in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art that were created by American artists of African descent.
Barbara Chase-Riboud, Hardback (November 2013)» View all books by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Born in Philadelphia and living and working between Paris and Rome, Barbara Chase-Riboud is an internationally celebrated visual artist, novelist and poet. This publication focuses on her monumental series of sculptures dedicated to the assassinated civil rights leader Malcolm X. It also presents a chronology of Chase-Riboud's life and career.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Seeing the Unspeakable book by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her website provides more information about the author.
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2017. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.