Upcoming Auctions and Events

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Kara Walker (B. 1969)
Kara Walker (B. 1969)
Kara Walker (B. 1969)
12 More
Kara Walker (B. 1969)
15 More
These lots have been imported from outside the EU … Read more
Kara Walker (B. 1969)

Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Details
Kara Walker (B. 1969)
Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
the complete set of fifteen lithographs with screenprint, 2005, on wove paper, each initialled and dated in pencil, numbered 5/35, published by the Leroy Neiman Centre of Print Studies, Columbia University, New York City, framed
S. 991 x 1346 mm. (each)
Provenance
Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, 2007. This exhibition later travelled to Paris, ARC Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2007-2008; Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, 2008; Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (another from the edition exhibited).
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge, 2006 (another from the edition exhibited).
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Repicturing the Past/Picturing the Present, 2007 (another from the edition exhibited).
Special Notice

These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.

Brought to you by

Francis Outred
Francis Outred

Lot Essay

Executed in 2005, Harpers Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is a series of fifteen prints created by the artist at Columbia University’s LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. Walker is known for her canny examination of African American history through the lens of representational tropes that inevitably conjure the uncomfortable legacies of slavery, the Civil War, and racist stereotypes. In these prints she has for the first time joined her own imagery with the 19th Century source material that she often works from.
Each print in the portfolio references, and uses as the starting point for Walker’s composition, Ed. Alfred H. Guernsey and Henry M. Alden’s Harpers Pictorial History of the Civil War, first published in 1866 in Chicago. Silkscreened on to the top of these historical illustrations Walker has added her signature solid black silhouette figures. As a very significant portfolio in the artist’s oeuvre it can be found in numerous prominent collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Walker art Center, Yale University Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.

More from A Visual Odyssey Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection) Staged by Jacques Grange

View All
View All