Elizabeth Catlett: A Black Revolutionary Artist and All That It Implies (Hardcover)

Elizabeth Catlett: A Black Revolutionary Artist and All That It Implies By Dalila Scruggs (Editor) Cover Image
By Dalila Scruggs (Editor)
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 A book highlighting the work of pioneering Black printmaker, sculptor, and activist Elizabeth Catlett.
Accomplished printmaker and sculptor, avowed feminist, and lifelong activist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) built a remarkable career around intersecting passions for formal rigor and social justice. This book, accompanying a major traveling retrospective, offers a revelatory look at the artist and her nearly century-long life, highlighting overlooked works alongside iconic masterpieces.
Catlett’s activism and artistic expression were deeply connected, and she protested the injustices of her time throughout her life. Her work in printmaking and sculpture draws on organic abstraction, the modernism of the United States and Mexico, and African art to center the experiences of Black and Mexican women. Catlett attended Howard University, studied with the painter Grant Wood, joined the Harlem artistic community, and worked with a leftist graphics workshop in Mexico, where she lived in exile after the US accused her of communism and barred her re-entry into her home country.
The book’s essays address a range of topics, including Catlett’s early development as an artist-activist, the impact of political exile on her work, her pedagogical legacy, her achievement as a social realist printmaker, her work with the arts community of Chicago’s South Side, and the diverse influences that shaped her practice.

About the Author

Dalila Scruggs is the Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has held curatorial and education positions at the Williams College Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226836577
ISBN-10: 0226836576
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: September 19th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English