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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Elizabeth Catlett
American, 1915–2012

Date

ca. 1955

Medium

Terra-cotta

Accession #

2006.28

Dimensions

14 x 10 x 8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301

Description

One of the few widely successful African-American women artists of the mid 1900s, sculptor and graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett is perhaps best known for her work’s emphasis on themes of racial injustice. With Target, Catlett summarizes the African-American male experience in a society fraught with social conflict. This piece predates the better-known bronze of the same title and subject, which also includes an enlarged gun sight that literally centers the man’s face in the crosshairs of the viewer.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Bridget and Jerry Dobson and General Acquisitions Fund

Image Copyright

© Elizabeth Catlett/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York