THE ART OF
ELIZABETH CATLETT


FROM THE COLLECTION OF SAMELLA LEWIS

A Traveling Exhibition

Organized by the
August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA
in association with
Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.


- Introduction - List of Works - Exhibition Facts -

- Images of Works -

 

 


- INTRODUCTION -




The exhibition THE ART OF ELIZABETH CATLETT from the Collection of Samella Lewis will be presented at the August Wilson Center this coming July and then be available for cirulation through 2015. The exhibition is organized by the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. The work comes from the collection of artist, educator and author Samella Lewis, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Art History, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Lewis was a student of Catlett’s in the 1940’s and Catlett became her mentor. The two became lifetime friends.

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), a sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blended art and social consciousness and confronted the most disturbing injustices against African Americans.  She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged, black expressionistic sculptures and prints. Catlett was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919. She attended Howard University where she studied design, printmaking and drawing. In 1940 Catlett became the first student to receive a Master's degree in sculpture at the University of Iowa. In 1946 Catlett received a fellowship that allowed her to travel to Mexico City where she studied painting, sculpture and lithography. There, she worked with the People's Graphic Arts Workshop, a group of printmakers dedicated to using their art to promote social change. After settling in Mexico and later becoming a Mexican citizen, she taught sculpture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City until retiring in 1975.

Samella Lewis writes:

Elizabeth Catlett was my friend and my mentor in art. She is the reason that I began to see and think creatively. When I first met Elizabeth in 1941, my attempts at making art were strictly based on visual concepts of the European models. Upon my graduation from high school, it was my good fortune to receive a scholarship to study at Dillard University where Elizabeth was the art professor.

Dillard did not offer a studio art major, however, with Elizabeth’s assistance I was able to obtain an art scholarship from Hampton Institute to study with Dr. Viktor Lowenfeld who at that time was regarded as the most important scholar in the field of art. While I was a student at Hampton, Elizabeth and Lowenfeld opened many art doors for me.  With the passing of Lowenfeld, Elizabeth remained my friend.  I shall always remember her as being my mentor who was responsible for my life in art.

With her recent passing, she still lives in my life and my heart as my teacher and my friend. I will always remember her and be thankful for her friendship

This exhibition features 30 works - sculptures and graphics by Catlett plus 5 works by her husband, artist, Francisco Mora, and 5 works by Samella Lewis.


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- EXHIBITION FACTS -



Dates Available: October 15, 2013 onward

Contents: 30 works by Elizabeth Catlett - sculptures and graphics
                      3 works by Francisco Mora
                      5 works by Samella Lewis.

Space Req: 2000 sq feet.

Loan Fee: Price on request  

Insurance: Exhibitor responsible 

Shipping: Exhibitor responsible 

Req: Appropriate security

Contact: Jeffrey Landau, Director, Landau Traveling Exhibitions
                  Email:  jlandau@a-r-t.com                                                                     
                  Tel:      310-397-3098

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- EXHIBITION SCHEDULE -

2013

July 12 - September 13
August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA

October 1 - onward
OPEN

2014

OPEN

2015

OPEN


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- EXHIBITION LIST -

30 Works by ELIZABETH CATLETT

1. STEPPING OUT, circa 2000, bronze, 30 x 7x 7 1/2"
2. PENSIVE, 1946, bronze,  16 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2"
3. MATERNITY, 1971, wood, 20 x 15 1/2 x 6"
4. MAGIC MASK, 1971, mahogany, 11 3/8 x 6 x 5 1/2 "
5. MOTHER and CHILD, bronze, 15 1/2 x 5 3/4"
6. MADONNA, 1982, lithograph,edition 126/180, 30 x 20"
7. CIVIL RIGHTS CONGRESS,  1949, woodcut, 7 1/2 x 12"
8. DANCING, 1990, lithograph, edition 34/100, 17 1/2 x 23 1/2"
9. MALCOLM X SPEAKS FOR US, 1969, linocut, 59/50, 27 x 35"
10. SURVIVOR, 1983, woodcut, AP, 11 x 10"
11. THESE TWO GENERATIONS, 1987, lithograph, 30X 20"
12. ROOTS, 1981, mixed media, edition 12/110, 18 1/2 x 23 3/4"
13. SHARECROPPER, 1965, linocut, edition AP, 17 3/8 x 16 1/2"
14. THERE IS A WOMAN IN EVERY COLOR, 1975, mixed media,
       edition 32/33, 21 x 27"
15. LIDICE, 1977, mixed media, edition AP, 20 x 13 3/4"
16. LOVEY TWICE, 1976, lithograph, edition 63/100
17. NEW GENERATION, 1972, lithograph, edition A/P 6, 33 x 21 1/4"
18. SINGING THEIR SONGS, 1972, lithograph, edition A/P VII, 17 x 14 1/2
19. DOOR KEY CHILD, 1987, edition A/P, 21 x 14 3/4"
20. FOR MY PEOPLE, 1987, linocut, edition 6/40, 27 x 20"
21. GLORY, 1986, linocut, edition A/P 3, 16 3/4 x 10"
22. RED LEAVES, 1975, lithograph, 22 x 18"
23. WOMAN?, 1996, lithograph, 16 3/4 x 10"
24. ON THE SUBWAY, 1986, edition 293/300, 23 x 14 3/4 "
25. A SECOND GENERATION, lithograph 1992, edition A/P IV, 15 5/8 x 13 5/8"
26. CLARICE, 2004, lithograph, edition A/P, 23 3/4 x 15 1/2"
27. THE TORTURE OF MOTHERS, 1970/2003, litograph,
       second edition 25/25, 15 x 22"
28. PAULINE, 1967/2003, lithograph, second edition 11/25, 22 1/2 x 15"
29. DOUBLE PROFILE, 1978, lithograph, edition 5/35, 22 x 30"
30. LIBERTAD PARA ANGELA DAVIS, circa 1971, offset, 11 1/2 x 9 1/4"

3 Works by FRANCISCO MORA

31. FEMALE FIGURE, 1986, serigraph, 40 x 24"
32. MINERS, 1959, oil on board, 35 x 22 1/2"
33. LA DEMOCRACIA, 1958, woodcut, 21 x 15 1/4"

5 Works by Samella Lewis (to be determined)

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