Elizabeth Catlett Sculptures at Swann and in the Bronx

Our upcoming preview will be the first time Elizabeth Catlett’s 1967 sculpture, Untitled (Standing African-American Woman), will be on public exhibition in the United States. The nearly four-foot high sculpture, which had been in a private collection in Cuernavaca, Mexico for more than 40 years, is one of Catlett’s largest bronze works that was not a public commission. It displays a wonderful balance between modern and classical figuration, and is the cover lot in Swann’s February 17th African-American Fine Art auction.   

Catlett is known for her expressive sculptures of African-American and Mexican women—Homage to My Young Black Sisters, an iconic symbol of the Civil Rights movement, set a record price for the artist on October 8, 2009, when it sold at Swann for $288,000. A new show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, brings the 95-year-old pioneering African-American artist’s groundbreaking work —which she still creates today—into context with many of today’s artists.

Works by other artists in the show that share the same affinity for exploring issues of race, gender and politics as Catlett include Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems and Kalup Linzy. Xaviera Simmons, another artist with work in the exhibition, will be selecting the music that plays during the museum’s open house on Sunday, February 6th.

Elizabeth Catlett, Untitled (Standing African-American Woman), cast bronze, with a dark brown patina, 1967. Estimate: $120,000 to $180,000.