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Kara Walker

Klaus Bürgel



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Produced as a collaboration between Kara Walker and her then-partner, the jeweler Klaus Bürgel, this mixed-media work comprises a display case containing tiny gold replicas of instruments used to keep slave women captive. The typewritten placards on the base of the work describe the three miniature gold facsimiles of a type of collar or yoke—tall headpieces with curved hooks extending to the sides and towering tiers of bells. The work was commissioned for the 2003 exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Fela was a Nigerian activist and musical pioneer who founded Afrobeat, a music rooted in protest and social critique that has inspired musicians and visual artists alike. [Permanent collection label, 2016]

  • Artist Kara Walker (American, b. 1969)
    Klaus Bürgel (German, b. 1958)
  • Title Golddigger
  • Date 2003
  • Medium 22k gold and mixed media
  • Edition description 2/10
  • Dimensions overall | 64 1/4 x 17 x 17 in.
    object size | a.) 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/16 in.
    mount | a. base) 7/16 x 1 in.
    object size | b.) 1 1/4 x 1 7/16 in.
    object size | c.) 4 x 3 x 7/8 in.
    mount | c. base) 13/16 x 1 in.
  • Credit line Gift of Peter Norton, 2015
  • Object number 36.2015

Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 02/07/2020 - 04/18/2020

Rotation 1: Contemporary Art from the Peter Norton Gift
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/01/2015 - 08/02/2015

Received 3/23/2015
Peter Norton (Los Angeles, CA)

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