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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. Featuring an afterword by the curator of the Art & Artifacts Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Praise for Augusta Savage:Booklist, starred review
A Claudia Lewis Award Winner for Poetry by the Bank Street College of Education
A BCALA Children & Young Adult Award Winner
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
A CCBC Children's Choice
A CBC Teacher Favorite Award Winner
An Ohioana Book Award Finalist
A Mississippi Magnolia Book Award Winner
A Junior Library Guild Selection
* "A stunning portrait of artistic genius and Black history in America."
* "A wonderful addition to young people’s literature on African American artists."Horn Book, starred review
* "In a rich biography in verse, Nelson (A is for Oboe) gives voice to the Black sculptor Augusta Savage (1892-1962), a key Harlem Renaissance figure."Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Nelson’s arresting poetry, which is accompanied by photographs of Savage’s work, dazzles as it experiments with form. … A lyrical biography from a master of the craft."Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A master poet breathes life and color into this portrait of a historically significant sculptor and her remarkable story."School Library Journal, starred review
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* "A towering achievement."
* "This memorial to the lynched teen is in the Homeric tradition of poet-as-historian . . . This chosen formality brings distance and reflection to readers, but also calls attention to the horrifically ugly events."School Library Journal, starred review
"These poems are a powerful achievement that teens and adults will want to discuss together."Booklist, ALA starred review
"A moving elegy indeed."The Bulletin
- On Sale
- Jan 25, 2022
- Page Count
- 128 pages
- Christy Ottaviano Books