Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2007. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's mocha cloth lettered and pictorially stamped in dark brown, original vertical wraparound band to upper board.
Exhibition catalog for the first full-scale survey of mixed-media artist Walker's work, showcasing her signature black paper silhouette cut-outs – frequently grotesque send-ups of plantation life in the antebellum south – as well as her films, paintings and extensive works on paper. "Walker uses the silhouette to critically engage the representation of the black body in Euro-American art history. She could have embraced a form, or a style, that would demonstrate her ability to master the dominant culture's aesthetic (which she does anyway), but instead she elected one that...has a connection to the African American community and history. She chose the one that carries the sin and the virtue of stereotypes" (from curator Philippe Vergne's essay, "The Black Saint Is the Sinner Lady"). Illustrated throughout with hundreds of color and black-and-white plates and reproductions. With essays by Vergne, Sander L. Gilman, Kevin Young, Thomas McEvilley and Robert Storr; and with an exhibition checklist, exhibition history, bibliography and index. Whitney Museum gallery guide laid in. Fine. Item #1277