Walls of Prophecy and Protest: William Walker and the Roots of a Revolutionary Public Art Movement (Paperback)
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 that stretched over the next two decades. Those meetings and years of research form the basis of Walls of Prophecy and Protest, the story of Walker’s remarkable life and the movement that he inspired.
Featuring forty-three color images of Walker’s work, most long since destroyed or painted over, 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 promoted love, respect, racial unity, and community change.
About the Author
“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
"Jeff W. Huebner’s meticulously researched, clearly written book, Walls of Prophecy and Protest: William Walker and the Roots of a Revolutionary Public Art Movement . . . elucidates Walker’s life and the historical, political and social environment on the South Side of Chicago where many of his murals were painted. Huebner parses the murals, most no long extant, and narrates the building of community among collaborating artists and in the streets as Walker painted . . . Huebner has a journalist’s gift for narrative, and while he hits all of the important art historical points, compelling stories give his account a sense of human drama . . ." —Janina Ciezadlo, New Art Examiner
"Jeff W. Huebner’s important, well-researched and affectionate Walls of Prophecy & Protest: William Walker & the Roots of a Revolutionary Public Art Movement goes a long way toward making sure that Walker and the origins of the community mural trend don’t get lost in the fog of the past." —Patrick T. Reardon, Third Coast Review