Walls of Prophecy and Protest
William Walker and the Roots of a Revolutionary Public Art Movement
by Jeff W. Huebner
Pub Date 15 Aug 2019
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Though his art could not have been more public, Walker maintained a low profile during his working life and virtually withdrew from the public eye after his retirement in 1989. Author Jeff W. Huebner met Walker in 1990 and embarked on a series of insightful interviews in 2008. Those meetings form the basis of Walls of Prophecy and Protest, the story of Walker’s remarkable life and the movement that he inspired.
Featuring thirty-five color images of Walker’s work, this handsome edition reveals the artist who was the primary figure behind Chicago’s famed Wall of Respect and who created numerous murals that depicted African American historical figures; protested social injustice; and centered imagination, love, respect, and community accountability.
“Without a doubt this book is the most important work written on William Walker. It illuminates how living and caring on the South Side of Chicago shaped Walker and how deep his national impact on mural making as a social practice was in the second half of the twentieth century.” —Kymberly N. Pinder, author of Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago