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Elizabeth Catlett, American, b. 1915
Man, 1975
Ink on Paper
26 x 17 7/8 in. (66 x 45.4 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Woodcut and color linocut
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Gift of Ellen and Howard Landau
Accession Number: 2015.17.1


Commentary
Note: This piece was created in 1975 and then printed in 2003.

"Though primarily known as a sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett has also created a significant body of work as a printmaker....The significance of Catlett’s printmaking is enhanced by the artist’s reminder that a print 'is a suitable medium for public art—easy and inexpensive and you can make the editions as large as you need them.'

"Whether working as a printmaker or sculptor, Catlett has ever upheld her commitment to revealing a “black aesthetic,” one that would empower black artists and viewers....Catlett deeply wished 'public art to have meaning for Black people, so that they will have some art they can identify with, so they will be encouraged to explore what the museums and galleries have to offer them.'"

Reference:
Samella Lewis. The Art of Elizabeth Catlett. Los Angeles: Museum of African Art, 1984.

Written by Amanda Kang (SC '10) and Colleen Salomon, Williamson Gallery Assistant.

Marks
In pencil: Title (lower left), signed (lower right), 2003 (lower right). A superb, dark impression.

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