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24 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (61.3 x 56.5 cm)

Elizabeth Catlett
America and Mexico (Washington, DC, 1915 - 2012, Cuernavaca, Mexico)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Linocut
Credit Line: Gift of Neil and Avram Dorman through the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation, by exchange
Accession Number: 1996.33
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Edition: 12/20

Gallery label text 2013:

Elizabeth Catlett honors the rural working poor in this commanding image of a strong, dignified African American woman fieldworker who, though worn from her labors, maintains her internal fortitude.

Catlett devoted her career as a sculptor and printmaker to addressing issues of social justice, especially the struggles of African American women. “I make work for my people,” Catlett has said, “not for an elite, and I’ve paid a price for my commitment.”

Based on her own experiences, Catlett pursued subjects that were personally significant, such as her grandmother’s stories of slavery and her own experience of being denied admission to the Carnegie Institute of Technology solely on the basis of race.

See general information about this print in Melanie Anne Herzog, "Elizabeth Catlett," University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2000: pp. 104-106; Elizabeth G. Seaton, "Paths to the Press," Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS, 2006: no. 16, pp. 108-109

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