Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be

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Anita Haldemann is director of the copperplate engravings collection at the Kunstmuseum Basel.


A large-scale panorama of Kara Walker's works on paper are published for the first time in the artist's career. Throughout the clothbound book's 600 pages, the reader is given insight into Walker's creative process and her engagement with being a mother, a woman, and an African American.--David Saric "S Magazine"
This stunning 600-page, cloth-bound volume is an incredible look into Kara Walker's works on paper. Though Walker is perhaps most celebrated for her large-scale installations, this is an in-depth, refreshing turn to more than 700 of her works on paper dating from 1992 to 2020, exploring not only her political engagement but also her continued examination of her own identity as a Black woman and mother.--Danielle Walsh "Vanity Fair"
Kara Walker's A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be is not for the faint-hearted. The artist is known for work that incorporates highly racialised and sexualised imagery as a way of exploring her own African American identity, and the integrity of a liberal-left art establishment that has long been fascinated, perhaps titillated, by her refusal to tone things down. These pages comprise a comprehensive archive of Walker's works on paper - not just finished drawings, but preliminary sketches for the monumental works and sculptures that have made her one of the US's most lauded yet contentious artists [...] The sentiment might be scrappy, but the works themselves are often beautiful, incorporating a range of high art references from Goya to Hogarth.--Kathryn Hughes "Guardian"
A collection of more than 700 works on paper, this 600-page volume mines the closely held, private archive of Kara Walker. Produced between 1992 and 2020, the ink, graphite and collage works are being reproduced in print for the first time. The dynamic mix includes sketches and studies as well index cards with typewritten notes and dream journal entries. The drawings and related works are a critical and foundational aspect of Walker's artistic practice and provide a window into her thinking and creative process.--Victoria Valentine "Culture Type"
This stunning 600-page monograph, Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be, comprises 700 works on paper by the artist from 1992 to 2020, most of which are being published for the first time as they've been in Walker's private archive. Handwritten notes, typed index cards, sketches and journal entries provide readers with intimate insight on the art.--Katie Olsen "Cool Hunting"
This new 600-page Kara Walker monograph features more than 700 works created over the past three decades. Large-format pieces, sketches, and collages are juxtaposed with typewritten notes and journal entries, providing an intimate window into the creative process of an artist whose practice examines the intersection of race, gender, history, identity, and violence.-- "Harper's Bazaar"