Kara Walker, Michelangelo, and Ephemeral Art

Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby’ at the Domino factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Exhibition, Spring 2014

Kara Walker says she chose sugar for “its temporality, that it’s here and then it’s gone;” and was inspired by the symbolic nature of ruins. The appeal of ephemeral art that has come to impact contemporary artists has been present throughout the centuries. “Even Michelangelo played an early part in creating artistic ephemera,” Blake Gopnik writes.

Read more in Blake Gopnik’s article in The New York Times: “Fleeting Artworks, Melting Like Sugar: Kara Walker’s Sphinx and the Tradition of Ephemeral Art”.