We are proud to share here an important bronze, El Canto, 1968. Catlett has taken cues from traditional West African sculpture while creating an iconic, Modern work. Her works impress with the strength of her formal approach yet Catlett was more interested in the social power they convey: “I have always wanted my art to service my people — to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential.”
The singer, or singing head is a theme Catlett returned to over the course of her long career. Elizabeth Catlett ranks among America’s most respected sculptors. A related work in marble is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.