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Kara Walker

Figa, 2014
Sugar on polystyrene
55 x 136 x 88 inches
139.7 x 345.4 x 223.5 cm

New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

FIGA, a room-sized fist made from polystyrene and covered in sugar is a segment from Kara Walker’s larger piece, A Subtlety, which was built and displayed inside the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, the former site of a sugar refinery.

Kara Walker: Figa is sponsored by the City of Jackson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, and Fertile Ground.

Courtesy of the Artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.
photo: Scott Briscoe