Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People (Art Institute of Chicago)

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9780300116120: Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People (Art Institute of Chicago)

Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915) played an influential role in America's African American and Mexico's revolutionary art communities in the mid-twentieth century.  Catlett studied at the University of Iowa (where she briefly worked with Grant Wood), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Students League in New York before moving to Mexico in 1947.
Focusing on Catlett’s evocative Negro Woman series from 1946 47, this book reveals Catlett’s commitment to social and political issues. All of the fifteen linoleum prints are beautifully reproduced and together address the harsh reality of black women’s labor; renowned historical heroines such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Phillis Wheatley; and the fears, struggles, and achievements of ordinary African American women. Other notable works by Catlett are also included, and an absorbing essay by distinguished scholar Melanie Anne Herzog analyzes the artist’s powerful work from a biographical perspective.

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About the Author:

Melanie Anne Herzog is Professor of Art History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and author of Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico.

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Catlett is an artist of conscience and compassion whose work embodies the consequences of racism, the nature of heroism, and the meaning of freedom. The granddaughter of slaves, Catlett attended Howard University and the University of Iowa, where she studied with Grant Wood, then moved to Mexico in 1947 in reaction to segregation and cold war oppression of progressive artists, intellectuals, and activists. Deeply concerned about the "harsh reality" of black women's lives, and inspired by how radical Mexican artists used prints to make their art readily available to the public, Catlett created a series of 15 linoleum prints titled "The Negro Woman" in which portraits of Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman are interleaved with electrifying depictions of African American Everywomen hard at work. All are reproduced in this affordable and accessible volume along with more recent prints and sharply etched commentary by Catlett's biographer. At 90, Catlett is still working, believing that art "can raise awareness of social issues, and offer a vision of a more just world." Donna Seaman
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