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Kara Walker

Selected Works

Foote’s Gun-Boats Ascending to Attack Fort Henry

Kara Walker Foote’s Gun-Boats Ascending to Attack Fort Henry 2005 from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Offset lithography with silkscreen on Somerset textured paper
Image size:  22 x 33 1/2 inches  (55.9 x 85.1 cm)
Paper size:  53 x 39 inches  (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Edition of 35
Signed, dated and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #29494)

 

“Foote’s Gun-Boats Ascending to Attack Fort Henry from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)”, utilizes imagery of the 19th century “Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War” and, in Walker’s titling, “annotates” the images with her own additions. These additions create a more rounded picture of who was involved in this civil war-era scenario. The use of simplified, stereotypical silhouettes further complicates the scenario, as they are forms that do not have any detail and thus don’t accurately represent the individual (thus adding cartoonish, derogatory illustrations to a pre-existing and equally inaccurate representation of what happened in the Civil War).

Kara Walker Foote’s Gun-Boats Ascending to Attack Fort Henry, 2005

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