Amon Carter print details

The Wall

Justine Kurland (b. 1969)

Object Details

  • Date

    2000, printed 2019

  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Inkjet print

  • Dimensions

    Image: 30 x 40 in.
    Sheet: 30 x 40 in.

  • Edition

    5/6 plus 2 AP

  • Inscriptions

    Mount Verso:

    l.r. [printed on white label in gray ink]: MITCHELL-INNES & NASH \ JUSTINE KURLAND [typewritten] \ The Wall [underlined and typewritten] \ 2000 [typewritten] \ Inkjet print, ed. 5/6 plus 2 AP [typewritten] \ 30 by 40 in. 76.2 by 101.6 cm. [typewritten] \ MI&N 15191 [typewritten] \ J. Kurland [signed in black ink, illeg.] \ 534 WEST 26TH STREET NEW YORK NY 10001 [printed in gray ink]

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    © Justine Kurland / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Object Description

In Kurland’s series Girl Pictures, young women are shown as self-sufficient runaways, an intentional recast of a role historically embodied by male antiheroes like Holden Caulfield and Huckleberry Finn. While driving across the country, Kurland met girls who, away from the watchful eyes of adults, became her collaborators. Together they staged scenes of freedom and community in the semi-wild, in-between places long favored by adolescents: under overpasses, in abandoned fields, and beside creeks and lakes. These environments provided the chaos and adventure the teenagers sought, which Kurland notes is both inherent and performative: “Being a teenage girl is nothing without the willingness and ability to posture as the teenage girl.”

In The Wall, a group of girls navigates a small stream, heading out of a shadowy drain tunnel. Their loose hair and bare feet evoke the long history of portraying women as closer to nature than men, but their resolve, purposefulness, and camaraderie upend traditional stereotypes of female helplessness.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

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