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Autor: KaM©

~ 18/09/17

Kara Walker the fly on the wall. @ Sikkema Jenkins& Co. New York

I’m always curious about what drives artists and the galleries that represent their work?
This article published about Kara Walker’s latest exhibition now on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. emblazoned on the front cover of probably one of the last printed editions of the VILLAGE VOICE reminds me of another cover published in the mid 1980’s.
The cover illustration was a painting by the late Jean Michel Basquiat depicting a human skull,done in his signature oil stick & acrylic paint.
I don’t remember the complete essay written by Greg Tate but I sure remember the title: “The Flyboy in Buttermilk”
Which totally implied the fact that the art business had singled out a particular African American artist who like Kara Walker addresses the lack of inclusion and expresses an urgency to the racial injustice not only in politics but simple dollars & cents money making.

Because of a pre exhibition Press release statement published by Kara Walker which prepared the audience for an experience I had to follow suit and see this exhibition for myself.
My take on the whole show was that it was well planned out in terms of the feeling you got when you walked into the gallery space. I arrived during the last forty five minutes and it was mobbed with all kinds of people from all walks of ethnicity and economic backgrounds.
The heat you felt from the full capacity crowd in my opinion was not only from body heat but a strategic plan to turn the heat on and serve no refreshments so you felt the real South and oppressive conditions the artwork demanded. (It worked for me.)

U.S.A. Idioms ©2017 Kara Walker


I loved what I saw in terms of attendance which is really interesting if you consider what was being viewed and what would this show actually does to the consciousness of all the people who interact with the paintings.
My hope is that the success of the show will open doors for other artists and really bridge some gaps in the business of commodifying cultural expression from all walks of life.

Autor: KaM©

~ 29/10/10

To Karey Maurice
There are more African American artists in today’s contemporary art scene than ever before. Now compare the list below to a list of Latin American artists, or Asian American artists, or Native American artists in the contemporary art market. You will find the other ethnic group’s artists list to be miniscule compared to the list below.
African American artists in today’s contemporary art market:
Michael Ray Charles
Chakaia Booker
Willie Cole
Robert Colescott
Roy DeCarava
Thornton Dial Sr.
Melvin Edwards
Ellen Gallagher
Sam Gilliam
David Hammons
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Glenn Ligon
Kerry James Marshall
Howardena Pindell
Adrian Piper
Martin Puryear
Faith Ringgold
Alison Saar
Betye Saar
Raymond Saunders
Lorna Simpson
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Kahinde Wiley
Fred Wilson

“I did respond to this comment and published a reply, and the author has built quite a list for me to research.However it only supports my assumption that there is a noticeable lack of cultural balance when it comes to the visual arts in America.
More support of this fact comes from a comment on my last post suggesting I elaborate more on the subject,but, all I can do is set the trap for dialog and hope I get a bite which has proved to be effective judging by this post I nabbed from the Internet in responce to something I wrote about the Tv Show back in August that I was happy that Abdi won the grand prize,which was a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum.