Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett

In the Image of the People

Paperback - 2005
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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 lab∨ 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.
Alternative Title: In the image of the people
Publisher: Chicago : Art Institute of Chicago ; New Haven : distributed by Yale University Press, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780300116120
Branch Call Number: 730.92 CATLETT
Characteristics: 36 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 24 cm.


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Dec 02, 2017

I found this thin, paperback volume to be a touching tribute to an artist whose transnational political art was under multiple layers of state surveillance -- not only as a Black woman, but also as a radical leftist. As an introduction to Elizabeth Catlett, it inspired me to read more about her. The series entitled, "The Black Woman" (later updated from its original title, "The Negro Woman") is featured in its entirety and is particularly moving. I'd recommend this book for political artists, students of Black liberation, and anyone who can still imagine freedom from state violence.


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