Kara Elizabeth Walker, a renowned and highly respected Black American artist, has produced some of the most important contemporary works of art in recent years. Walker is a capable and multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes many mediums, such as painting, printmaking, installation art, drawing, sculpture, and filmmaking.
Despite Walker’s continued recognition and acclaim, her work was often criticized for its use of racial stereotypes. Betye Saar, an acclaimed political African-American artist, was one of Walker’s most vocal critics.
By depicting scenes from history and literature, she subverts Western history painting and makes it relevant to contemporary society. Walker understands the power of titles to inform her work. She uses long grandiose literary titles to draw attention to her appropriation of this tradition in historical Western painting and the significance of it in her work.