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- Object: American Girl
Upper body image of an African-American woman facing the viewer and slightly hunched forward, apparently reclining on a bed in a domestic interior. 1974
Etching and aquatint on white wove Arches paper
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Height: 400 millimetres (plate)
Height: 560 millimetres (sheet (deckled edges))
Width: 504 millimetres
Width: 757 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A nude self-portrait of the artist made at the height of the women's liberation and Black Power movements in the United States.
'American Girl' was published as part of a portfolio titled 'Impressions: Our World, Vol. 1', which comprised prints made by seven Black artists (the other six were Benny Andrews, Vivian Browne, Eldzier Cortor, Norman Lewis, Vincent Smith and John Wilson). The portfolio was printed and published in an edition of 35 by the Printmaking Workshop, New York, which was run by the African-American artist Robert Blackburn. The white embossed line outlining the figure suggests that two cut intaglio plates were butted together to make this print.
- Not on display
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