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Elizabeth Catlett: a source of inspiration and distinctive art


The only joy her admirers feel today at her loss was that she was revered in life. Yet she was down to earth, and before a tribute to her in 1993, Catlett discussed her life’s work and why she had given black women a stately mirror of ourselves. “That is what I know the most about,” she said.

Here is the full interview: “Going with the Grain; The Warm, Deep Dignity of Elizabeth Catlett’s Art.”

And links to Catlett’s art in Washington, where she was born and finished Howard University in 1935, and Wednesday’s obituary, follows.


View Photo Gallery: The D.C.-born sculptor and printmaker, who created figurative portrayals of African American life, became what poet Maya Angelou called a “queen of the arts.”

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has two Catletts, and “Singing Head” is on display.

The National Gallery of Art has seven prints, which are in storage.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has seven works by Catlett in its collection but none are currently on display.

The collections of Howard University.

Matt Schudel, wrote “Elizabeth Catlett, pioneering D.C.-born artist, dies at 96” in Wednesday’s newspaper.

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