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Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life

Augusta Savage was arguably the most influential American artist of the 1930s. She flourished during the Harlem Renaissance, became a teacher to an entire generation of African American artists, and would go on to be nationally recognized as one of the featured artists at the 1939 World’s Fair. She was the first-ever recorded Black gallerist. After being denied an artists’ fellowship abroad on the basis of race, Augusta Savage worked to advance equal rights in the arts. And yet popular history has forgotten her name.

This powerful biography in poems​ explores the life and work of a trailblazing artist and a pillar of the Harlem Renaissance. Deftly written and brimming with photographs of Savage’s stunning sculpture, this is an important portrait of an exceptional artists who, despite the limitations she faced, was compelled to forge a life through art and creativity.

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"Written primarily in the first person, moving poems convey Savage’s artistic 'hunger/ to pull something out of yourself' while tracing her Florida childhood as the seventh of 14 children ('beaten for making art'), her three marriages, her endeavors to make a living as an artist in New York and Europe, and her final quiet years in a Catskills town.... The appearance of several Black historical figures ground the poems in their era; photographs of Savage’s sculptures serve as a useful introduction to the artist’s art and legacy." — Publishers Weekly

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Recommended Age 14 and up
Author Marilyn Nelson
ISBN 0316298026
Publication Date Jan 25, 2022
Publisher Christy Ottaviano Books
Language English