Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2003. 1st Edition. Thick oblong quarto, publisher's white paper-covered boards pictorially stamped in black, upper board blindstamped, black endpapers.
"Walker hypothesizes the antebellum South as a kind of repressed theme park, a riotous, operatic, hyperactive brothel of the brain that lurks barely hidden behind our more polite and publicized racial arrangements" (Michele Wallace). Exhibition catalog accompanying a 2003 show held at the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College of work by mixed-media artist Kara Walker. This comprehensive monograph showcases a wide selection of pieces from the span of Walker's career, including her provocative black paper silhouette cut-outs—frequently grotesque send-ups of plantation life in the antebellum south—along with many previously unpublished pieces. Illustrated with over 100 plates and reproductions in color and black-and-white; with a selection of Walker's writings in facsimile as they produced on typed index cards in the spring of 2001; and four critical essays by critics Michele Wallace, Darby English, Mark Reinhardt, and Anne M. Wagner. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. No dust jacket, as issued. Some soiling to boards, else fine. Item #2755