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From the traveling exhibition "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983," Elizabeth Catlett, “Black Unity,” 1968. Cedar, 21 in. × 12 1/2 in. × 23 in. (53.3 × 31.8 × 58.4 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014.11. Photograph by Edward C. Robison III © 2019 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

“It’s the portrayal of a saying by Diego Rivera. An open hand with its fingers spread is very weak, but a closed fist where all the fingers are together is very strong,” said artist Elizabeth Catlett, noting that her inspiration to sculpt a monumental fist came in part from US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos who defiantly raised closed fists at the 1968 Olympics in solidarity with the Black Power movement. 

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Detail, Kara Walker, Fons Americanus, Tate Modern 2019. Photo: © Tate​ (Matt Greenwood)

While some scheduled summer exhibitions are on hold due to the ongoing global health crisis, many museums have created rich resources of online content. For one, see the Tate's Black Identities and Artists, to experience works from the collection and more, including a look back at Kara Walker's epic sculpture Fons Americanus for Tate Modern's 2019 Hyundai Commission.

Of note, a Tate Britain survey of acclaimed British painter and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is currently not on public view, but a video studio visit with the artist offers a quick preview of her work and a glimpse of her process.

Likening recognition of her art to running a marathon and hearing the cheers, Yiadom-Boakye says, "You still have to keep on running, maybe forever, there's no finishing."


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