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- DescriptionElizabeth Catlett, born in Washington, DC, in 1915, is widely ackwledged as a major presence in African American art, and her work is celebrated as a visually eloquent expression of African American identity and pride in cultural heritage. But this is t the whole story. She has lived in Mexico for 50 years, as a citizen of that country since 1962, and she and her husband, artist Francisco Mora, have raised their children there. For 20 years she was a member of the Taller de Grafica Popular (Popular Graphic Arts Workshop) and she was the first woman professor of sculpture at the Universidad Nacional Automa de Mexico. Her extraordinary career has stretched from her years as a student at Howard University during the 1930s through various political and social movementsincluding the Chicago Renaissance of the 1940s, the Black Power and Black Arts movements, the Mexican Public Art Movement, and feminismwhich have informed her art. This richly illustrated and informative mograph is the first to document the full range of Catletts life and work. In addition to thoroughly researching primary source materials and to critiquing individual art works with sensitivity and erudition, the author has conducted numerous interviews with Catlett and has analyzed with clarity the political context of her work and her diverse sympathies and allegiances. Herzog examines key artistic influences and shows how Catlett transformed an extraordinary stylistic vocabulary into a socially charged statement. In tracing Catletts long and continuing career as a graphic artist and sculptor in Mexico, Herzog explores an important period in Catletts life between the 1950s and the 1970s about which almost thing is kwn in the United States. She examines the Mexicanness in Catletts work in its fluent relationship to the underlying and constant sense of African American identity she brought with her to Mexico. Herzogs solidly grounded interpretation offers a new way to understand Catletts work and reveals this artist as a fascinating and pivotal intercultural figure whose powerful art manifests her firm belief that the visual arts can play a role in the construction of a meaningful identity, both transnational and ethnically grounded.
- Author BiographyMelanie Anne Herzog is associate professor of art history at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Author(s)Melanie Anne Herzog
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication25/10/2005
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleThe Jacob Lawrence Series on American Artists
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note111 duotone illus., 16 color illus.
- Weight1071 g
- Width4522 mm
- Height6452 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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