((Kara Walker)) [[Porgy & Bess]] {{by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin}}

((Kara Walker)) [[Porgy & Bess]] {{by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin}}

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The libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
With 16 lithographs by Kara Walker

Signed by the artist

Optional portfolio of prints available

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Porgy & Bess has been controversial since its premiere in 1935; Kara Walker is known for her controversial art on themes of race, violence, and American history.

In her Artist’s Statement, she says of the characters: “they’ve become archetypes of another no less grand drama, that of: ‘American Negroes drawn up by white authors, and retooled by individual actors, amid charges of racism, and counter charges of high-art on stage and screen, in the face of social and political upheaval, over generations.”

This fraught status, along with memories of her mother’s reaction to a cast recording, led her to render them in a straightforward way, “…more an homage to the feeling of the music. And to that feeling I had as a child of a heavy atmosphere hanging around a timeless act of love.”

Production Details

  • Edition of 400 numbered copies for sale

  • Quarto, 12-5/8 by 9-3/4 inches, 136 pages

  • Prints editioned by Derrière L’Etoile Studio NYC, under the supervision of Maurice Sanchez

  • Bound with red leather spine and printed cotton sides, in slipcase

  • Arion Press publication #98, 2013

Read the full prospectus here.

Optional Portfolio of Prints

Additional suite of four lithographs, different from the images in the book, signed and numbered by the artist.



  • Edition of 40 suites for sale

  • Printed on Somerset paper, 18 by 15 inches

  • Editioned at Derrière L’Etoile Studio NYC, under the supervision of Maurice Sanchez

  • Housed in a portfolio, with title page

  • $10,000; sold only with a copy of the book