Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Elizabeth Catlett Show

   I just got back from seeing the Elizabeth Catlett Show at the E & S Gallery west of downtown in Louisville. It is an impressive upscale gallery, and this was a very inspiring show.

Elizabeth Catlett's story is one of a first-rate artist, a woman of color who has endured many hardships. Her sculpture and her paintings and lithographs are remarkable, and the show has been very well-received.

Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence are two of my favorite 20th-century painters, and Catlett was a contemporary of theirs, as well as a friend. Another contemporary Black artist whose work has a similar graphic quality is Jonathan Green. I love his work, too.

There are similarities among the art of the three of them. The simplicity and graphic qualities of their paintings are very appealing to me. 

Also in the gallery were many prints by other African American artists, and many of them shared that simplicity and clarity. For me, many of the designs looked like "a quilt waiting to happen."

Elizabeth Catlett is now 94, and still working. Because she now has use of only one hand, she is no longer doing sculptures, but she is still painting and doing prints and lithographs.

This spring has brought some good shows to Louisville, and this one was one of the best!

(Photos from the online Louisville Courier Journal article about Catlett, 4/26/09)

1 comment:

  1. oh my! another fabric artist in the AQ ring from Louisville! Welcome and happy to make your acquaintance via blog world!

    I no longer take the C-J regularly and missed this...Catlett is an artist who peaks my curiousity simply based on the choices she made...there is a series of online video interviews with her that can be found if you google her...

    I must definitely get there for this show!!!!