13
Sep
08

The Illness: Elizabeth Catlett

Born in 1915 in Washington, DC, Elizabeth Catlett studied design, printmaking and drawing at Howard University. In 1940 Elizabeth Catlett became the first African-American to earn a MFA from the University of Iowa. Her thesis piece Mother and Child earned the first prize for sculpture at Chicago’s American Negro Exposition in 1940.

Sharecropper by Elizabeth Catlett, 1957, Color linocut on cream Japanese paper, 54.4 x 51.3 cm

Elizabeth Catlett. Sharecropper, 1957.

Elizabeth Catlett. Malcolm X Speaks for Us. 1969.

Elizabeth Catlett. Malcolm X Speaks for Us. 1969.

Elizabeth Catlett. Mother and Child. 1939

Elizabeth Catlett. Mother and Child. 1939

The turbulence and tumultuous struggles of Black men and women in America pervade Catlett’s work making it timeless and thought provoking.

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