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Augusta Savage (1892-1962)

Augusta Savage (1892-1962)

In Leslie King-Hammond, in the St. James Guide to Black Artists, calls Augusta Savage “a sculptor of remarkable tenacity, will, and determination, in spite of issues of race, class, and gender in an era that did not encourage or recognize women who chose to work in a genre believed to be the domain of white...

Sargent Johnson (1887-1967)

Sargent Johnson (1887-1967)

In Modern Negro Art James Porter says Sargent Johnson’s work “transcends racial interest” and “gives the double impression of uniqueness and audacity that one frequently gathers from the apt elliptical expressions of Negro folk poetry.” Porter goes on to say that Johnson’s sculpture reflects influences from African art. “Johnson in particular made splendid application of...

Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)

Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)

In Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America, David Driskell says Meta Fuller was the first African American artist to heavily draw on African themes and folktales for subject matter. He goes on to say that her sculpture titled Ethiopia Awakening “anticipated the spirit and style of the Harlem Renaissance [and] symbolized the emergence of the...

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

Being an “accepted” artist was never Elizabeth Catlett’s goal. Rather, she chose to affirm her African American heritage in her art. Following the advice of Grant Wood, her art instructor at the University of Iowa, she created art based on what she knew the best-her own people. “Art must be realistic for me, whether sculpture or printmaking,”...

William E. Artis (1914-1977)

William E. Artis (1914-1977)

“Spirituality, temperament, the fleeting but revealing thought that molds a face, are sometimes the artist’s only reason for painting or carving a head,” said James Porter in his 1940 book Modern Negro Art. “This may be the best approach to the modeling of Wiliam E. Artis…his portraits are based on the sure designer’s instinct that...