Kara Walker is an American artist whose work for the last 25 years has addressed the history of American slavery through installation, cut-paper drawings and sculpture. 'A Subtlety' is Walker's first large-scale sculptural installation. From the New York Times, May 11, 2014: "A looming 35 feet tall, Sugar Baby is ensconced toward the back of an enormous warehouse, built in the late 19th century, that Domino once used for storing raw sugar cane as it arrived by boat from the Caribbean for refinement and packaging. Once a luxury — subtleties were sugar sculptures made for the rich as edible table-decorations — sugar became more widely available due in large part to slave labor. No wonder its journey north may bring to mind the Middle Passage endured by Africans forced across the Atlantic."
Interview with Kerry James Marshall, "Paint It Black", Kaltura Media Gallery