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If images don’t exist, one must create them. In the early twentieth century, African American art history was missing certain elements. Some collective experiences lacked images that people could identify with, which was necessary for the idea and iconography of community to emerge.
The portraits created by Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) are clear, precise, and invariably personal. Some of her works depict events in African American history while others show the people she saw around her. Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman are three heroines that gave people courage and direction. But the artist also portrayed women at work in the fields or at the side of the road—when they are displaying vulnerability or resistance; when they are troubled or relaxed. Catlett’s lithographs, woodcuts, linocuts, and even her small sculptures were relatively easy to exhibit in many different locations and could be purchased at a reasonable price. Elizabeth Catlett’s life was devoted to making art accessible to all.
MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST, Frankfurt
until June 16, 2024
Original content by www.moussemagazine.it – ““Elizabeth Catlett” at MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST, Frankfurt”
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