For My People
Dimensions: Overall (book closed): 23 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (58.4 x 49.5 x 4.4 cm)
images (each): 15 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (40 x 34.6 cm)
Medium: linen bound book, color lithographs, hand-set type and letterpress
Credit Line: Gift of Ronda Stryker, William Johnston, Michael, Megan, and Annie Johnston
Label Text: Known primarily for sculpture and prints, Elizabeth Catlett uses art to communicate the African-American struggle. Although a student of both classical and modern European art, she is also heavily influenced by Mexican muralists and printmakers and has worked to combine those styles to create art that reflects her own experiences. She has shied away from abstraction in favor of simple, naturalistic forms created through line and exhibiting a sense of energy and dignity.
For My People: A Limited Edition Club release
Started in 1929, the Limited Editions Club's publications are filled with original artwork by important contemporary artists, unique typefaces on hand-made paper and stunning handcrafted bindings. For an annual fee, members receive 3-4 limited edition books, usually signed, with the illustrations suitable for framing.
Pairing artist Elizabeth Catlett and writer Margaret Walker was especially appropriate as Catlett and Walker are friends and were college roommates at the State University of Iowa. Only 400 copies of this edition were produced. All were signed by the artists and bound in imported red Japanese linen.
Object Number: 2002.5
Currently not on view