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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, June Kelly Gallery, Elizabeth Catlett : Recent Sculpture, April 3, 2009 – May 2, 2009
    Bronx Museum of the Arts, Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists with guest curator: Isolde Brielmaier, February 6 - May 29, 2010, pp. 21,74,81 (illustrated, p. 54)
    New York, June Kelly Gallery, Remembering Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpture, Paintings, and Prints, January 24 – February 25, 2014
    New York, June Kelly Gallery, Elizabeth Catlett: An Ardent Feminist, March 8 – April 16, 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    Elizabeth Catlett

    Born 1915, Washington, D.C.
    Died 2012, Cuernavaca, Mexico

    1935 BS Howard University School of Art, Washington
    1940 MFA University of Iowa, Iowa City
    1947-48 Esculea de Pintura y Escultura, Mexico

    Selected museum exhibitions: Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011); Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2008); Cleveland Museum of Art (2002); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (1998); Hampton University Museum, Virginia (1993); Arizona State University Museum, Tempe (1987)
    Selected honors:
    NAACP Image Award (2009); Honorary Doctorate, Carnegie Mellon University (2008); Legends and Legacy Award, Art Institute of Chicago (2005); Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center (2003); Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Iowa (1996); Rosenwald Fund Fellowship (1946)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art;
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Cincinnati Art Museum; DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Whitney Museum of American Art

    A figurative artist who employed abstraction in her celebrated sculptures and graphic arts, Elizabeth Catlett is one of the most celebrated African American artists of the 20th century. Throughout her long career, Catlett was committed to a visual vocabulary rooted in the strength, beauty, and dignity of African American women. Bather, 2009, is a carved wooden sculpture from late in her career. Its powerful forms reveal the inspiration she took from modernism and from the sculptural traditions of West Africa and Pre-Columbian Mexico.



signed with the artist’s initials “EC” on the figure’s left heel
40 x 11 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (101.6 x 28.9 x 28.9 cm)
Executed in 2009.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019