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Elizabeth Catlett In Conversation With 21 Contemporary Artists

Posted by jcmaziquemd on February 8, 2011

Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett In Conversation With 21 Contemporary Artists

Bronx Museum
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, N.Y.
(718) 681-6000, through May 29

"Stargazers" is the first exhibition to frame African-American sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915) within the context of other contemporary black artists. Ms. Catlett, who studied with Grant Wood, has lived in Mexico since the late 1940s; she worked alongside Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Among black artists, she has long been considered a pioneering matriarch.

[NYGALLERY3]June Kelly Gallery New York

Printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett’s ‘Elvira’ at the Bronx Museum.

Her subjects include politics, racial equality, spirituality, parenthood, women and family. Her influences include Henry Moore, Elie Nadelman and African art. The figures and themes of Ms. Catlett’s works—in bronze, wood, ceramic and marble, as well as most printmaking mediums—can be illustrative, embellished and overstylized (a homespun Modernism), but her tenderness and directness toward her subjects, and her unaffected voice and heartfelt message, are easy to warm up to. This show pairs her work with that of contemporary-art stars much more famous than Ms. Catlett. But there is no question who is the star and who are the stargazers.

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