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Banks’s Army Leaving Simmsport

Banks’s Army Leaving Simmsport

Kara Walker Banks’s Army Leaving Simmsport 2005 from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Image size:  22 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches  (56.5 x 92.1 cm)
Paper size:  39 x 53 inches  (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Frame size:  42 x 56 inches  (106.7 x 142.2 cm)
Edition of 35
Signed, dated and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #29491)

“Bank’s Army Leaving Simmsport 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).

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