Elizabeth Catlett, R.I.P.

The scupltor and printmaker who created these has passed on.



As a child, my mother took me everywhere in NYC: uptown, downtown, all five boroughs and points in between, to theatre, dance, music, science, politics. We started going to the Studio Museum in Harlem when it really was a studio – well more like a loft. I fell in love with the work of Elizabeth Catlett then and have never forgotten her.

If you don’t know the work of this remarkable artist, change that. She was the real deal. Her images of African American women are astounding: emotion, composition. Artistic excellence and a passion for her people. Don’t be fooled. She’s not just a social issues artist. If she had done work featuring people of different genders and colors, we’d be singing an entirely different tune.  Truth.



About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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