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Legendary African-American artist Elizabeth Catlett is best known as a social-realist printmaker and sculptor of sleekly expressionistic figures, but her drawings are far less familiar. This show of prints and drawings provides a rare look at a little-known side of an artist whose emblematic depictions of black figures ranging from Louis Armstrong to female farm workers were actually produced long after she took up residence in Mexico, where she has lived since her marriage to Mexican artist Francisco Mora in 1947. No less iconic than her famous circa-1970 female Sharecropper print, her much-less-known 2002 drawing Young Woman (pictured) conveys the finely chiseled humanism that has defined so much of Catlett's output. Still active at 93, she personifies the tenacity and timelessness she so effectively captures in her work. — D. Eric Bookhardt

DRAWINGS — SIX DECADES: Drawings and Prints by Elizabeth Catlett

Through February

Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles Ave., 568-9050;


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