Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation... by Kara Walker

Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit
of a Negress in Troubled Times
designed 1997
published by Peter Norton Family Foundation
leather-bound pop-up book, 27 pages
book: 9 3/8 × 8 3/8 in. (23.8 × 21.3 cm)
page (each): 9 1/16 x 7 11/16" (23 x 19.5cm)
edition of 4,000


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A limited number of this exceptional pop-up book remain available and the price will increase as the edition sells out.  

Kara Walker created this pop-up book in 1997.  In it, she combines a narrative written in her own baroque style with her signature silhouette images. Initially conceived for the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, this book is an excellent example of an artist successfully translating his/her visual vocabulary into a functional work while maintaining the essence of their oeuvre.

Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The youngest child of a college professor/painter and a banker, she received her formal art education at the Rhode Island School of Design. Walker gained early fame for her large-scale works of precisely drawn black-paper silhouette dramas caricaturing the lives of slaves and masters in the Antebellum American South.