Elizabeth Catlett - Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico
was born Washington, D.C., 1915 and received a B.A. from Howard University (Washington, D.C.) in 1937. She was an instructor at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia from 1942-1943. She moved to Mexico in 1949 and became a member of Taller de Grāfica Popular for two decades (1946-1966).
Career Highlights include
Chairman, Sculpture Department, School of Fine Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1959
Solo Exhibition, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1983
Solo Exhibition, Hampton University, 1993
Three Generations of African American Women Sculptors: A Study in Paradox, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, 1996-1998
Bearing Witness, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996
Jacob Lawrence - Jacob Lawrence: The Complete Prints (1963-2000)
was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1917. In the 30's he and his family moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood. His career spans more than sixty years and more than 1,000 artworks. His paintings, drawings, prints, and murals depict life in America, particularly the lives, struggles, and aspirations of African Americans. Lawrence was an extremely important part of the Harlem Renassiance.
"I've always been interested in history, but they never taught Negro history in the public schools...I don't see how a history of the United States can be written honestly without including the Negro. I didn't [paint] just as a historical thing, but because I believe these things tie up with the Negro today ...I am not a politician. I'm an artist, just trying to do my part to bring this thing about...." -- Jacob Lawrence, 1940
The Toussaint L'Ouverture series, 1937
The Harriet Tubman series, 1938-1939
The Frederick Douglass series, 1939-1940
The Migration series, 1941
The John Brown series, 1941-1942
Lois Mailou Jones - The Life and Art of Lois Mailou Jones
was a pioneering and masterful twentieth-century American artist who surmounted prejudices and roadblocks without losing the vitality, warmth, and color that earmark her brilliant work. Every lover of the creative spirit in the visual arts should know her oeuvre, as well as the sweep of her triumphant life, stretching over virtually the whole of this century. -- paraphrased from "The life and art of Lois Mailou Jones" Tritobia Hayes Benjamin
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Romare Bearden - Romare Bearden: His Life and Art
was an American painter whose collages of photographs and painted paper on canvas depict aspects of American black culture in a style derived from Cubism. Perform a simple search engine request for additional information.