Augusta Savage: The Shape Of A Sculptor's Life

ISBN-10: 0316298026
ISBN-13: 9780316298025
Author: Nelson, Marilyn
Interest Level: 9-12
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: January 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 128

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Grades 9-12

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YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century *

A powerful biography in poems about a trailblazing artist and a pillar of the Harlem Renaissance--with an afterword by the curator of the Art & Artifacts Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Augusta Savage was arguably the most influential American artist of the 1930s. A gifted sculptor, Savage was commissioned to create a portrait bust of W.E.B. Du Bois for the New York Public Library. She flourished during the Harlem Renaissance, and became a teacher to an entire generation of African American artists, including Jacob Lawrence, 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. Deftly written and brimming with photographs of Savage's stunning sculpture, this is an important portrait of an exceptional artist who, despite the limitations she faced, was compelled to forge a life through art and creativity.
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