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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

This is a new addition to my gallery that I find really powerful, not to mention thought provoking and I thought that I would share it with you.

I have given the world my songs - Elizabeth Catlett 3/30

This linocut, a new addition to my gallery, was created by the pioneering and preeminent African American artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012). It was pulled in 1947 in Mexico City at the Taller de Graphica Popular or TGP and bears its stamp verso.

The narrative of the singer (Elizabeth Cotton?) includes a black man being beaten with a truncheon by a hooded member of the KKK and a flaming cross. It belongs to a series of 15 linocuts by the artist called "I am the negro woman."

1 comment:

Kerr A. Lott said...

I think it's definitely Elizabeth Cotten - check out the Google images photos of her - there are not very many older black women who play left handed guitar.