|Kara Walker photographed in her New York City studio by Kristine Larsen for Modern Painters, 2014.|
Text | Thea Ballard
Photographs | Kristine Larsen
Known for her piercing revisitations of America’s violent relationship with race, Walker is working with characteristically large questions. Her studio looks down on Manhattan’s Garment District, with floor-to-ceiling sketches that recall her famous silhouettes pinned to the walls. Alongside personal ephemera – a White House napkin, an Alvin Ailey Barbie gifted by André Leon Talley – it houses an enviable collection of books, which she mines for both literary and pictorial content.
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