Augusta Savage : Renaissance Woman - the exhibition catalogue from Cummer Museum, Jacksonville. available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Augusta Savage : Renaissance Woman

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This exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the Cummer Museum is a timely, visual, exploration of the fascinating life and lasting legacy of sculptor Augusta Savage (1892-1962), who overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America's most influential twentieth-century artists. Her story is one of community-building, activism, and art education. Born just outside Jacksonville, Florida, Savage left the South to pursue new opportunities and opened a studio in Harlem, New York City, offering free art classes.

She co-founded the Harlem Artists' Guild in 1935 and became the first director of the federally-supported Harlem Community Art Center. Through her leadership there, Savage played an instrumental role in the development of many artists: William Artis, Gwendolyn Knight, Gwendolyn Bennett, Norman Lewis, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Blackburn, Romare Bearden, among many others. This ground-breaking volume features fifty works by Savage, and those she mentored or influenced, as well as correspondence and period photographs.
  • Author: Jeffreen M. Hayes
  • Hardcover: 156 pages | 80 illustrations
  • Date published: October 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911282228
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.8 cm

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