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Li'l Patch of Woods

Contemporary Art

Employing the traditional print medium of etching (most often associated with European masters such as Rembrandt), the contemporary African American artist Kara Walker loads images of the Civil War era with grotesque stereotypes and elements of violence and sexuality. By doing so, Walker challenges heroic Civil War narratives and forces the viewer to confront the dishonesty of sanitized accounts of historical race relations.
MEDIUM Etching on paper
DATES 1997
DIMENSIONS sheet: 18 x 14 15/16 in. (45.7 x 37.9 cm) image: 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (30.2 x 22.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite lower right recto: "KW 97"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed verso: "copyright 1997 Landfall Press, Inc. 329 W 18th Street, Suite 601, Chicago, IL 6061 KW-96-05-B"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Kara Walker (American, born 1969). Li'l Patch of Woods, 1997. Etching on paper, sheet: 18 x 14 15/16 in. (45.7 x 37.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 1997.80.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.80.2_PS1.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 30/35
IMAGE overall, 1997.80.2_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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