This Week in Art 8.21-8.27: Kara Walker’s New Artist Statement Makes Headlines

Kara Walker. The Pool Party of Sardanapalus (after Delacroix, Kienholz), 2017. Sumi ink and collage on paper, from a forthcoming solo exhibition in September. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Kara Walker’s artist statement for her upcoming solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. made the news after its release last week by the gallery. She begins, “I don’t really feel the need to write a statement about a painting show,” continuing, “I am tired, tired of standing up, being counted, tired of ‘having a voice’ or worse ‘being a role model.'” The New York Times reported that the statement “poured out” after Walker witnessed last week’s protests in Charlottesville, and her frustrations were also featured in Vulture, Jezebel, and Quartz.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

Water Mill, NY

Catskill, NY

  • Kiki Smith recently opened a new solo exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. For KIKI SMITH / From The Creek, the artist created a multidisciplinary exhibition inside and outside of the 200-year old home of artist Thomas Cole. On view through October 29.

San Jose

Claremont, CA


It’s impossible to include all the incredible exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!