Published on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Shawn Walker, Trick or Treat (Halloween series), Harlem, New York, 1963
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
January 11 - February 24, 2018
Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present the first ever solo exhibition of founding Kamoinge Workshop member Shawn Walker (b. 1940). The exhibition surveys Walker’s evolving and wide-ranging work from the 1960s through the 1990s and proposes his importance to the photography and art of our time. Embracing and melding abstraction, surrealism, social documentary and street photography, Walker’s work challenges the myth of a singular African-American aesthetic. Each body of work marries transcendental spiritual philosophies with contemporary urban representations of African heritage. From his 30- year study of parades to his on-going series on shadows and reflections, Walker’s work is connected to profound rituals, ceremonies and masking found in African culture.