- Identification and Creation
Level 1, Room 1120, Modern and Contemporary Art, Kara Walker's U.S.A. Idioms
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- Physical Descriptions
- Etching and aquatint, printed chine collé on ivory wove paper
- Etching and aquatint
- image: 30.3 x 22.7 cm (11 15/16 x 8 15/16 in.)
sheet: 46 x 37.1 cm (18 1/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles M. and Susan Alyson Young, Portland, CT
- © Kara Walker, Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- One from an untitled series of four prints by Kara Walker printed at Landfall Press in 1997.
- Li'l Patch of Woods is typical of Kara Walker's creation of ambiguous, open-ended images set against the backdrop of the American South during the Civil War era. Walker explores issues relating to racial stereotype, gender, and sexuality through her often disturbing imagery, exploiting the look of old-fashioned narrative to create fictitious scenes. Li'l Patch of Woods depicts an enigmatic birthing figure being discovered by Civil War troops (it is unclear if they are Union or Confederate troops, and any narrative remains murky and inexplicable). This print is one of a series of four by Walker published at Landfall Press in 1997, and this is the second print from the series to enter the collection--in 1997 HUAM acquired Untitled (John Brown) (M23616). The series shows Walker's mastery of etching and aquatint techniques to create seductive printed surfaces reminiscent of ink and wash drawings.
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1120 Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/25/2019 - 06/01/2019
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