Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker
December 14, 2013 – March 2, 2014
This December, SAMA premieres Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker, an exhibition based on Mr. Cortor’s generous gift to the Museum. Included in this selection are complete runs of many of the artist’s print series, including “Jewels” and “Facets”—as well as beautiful impressions of a series he called “L’Abbatoire” (“The Slaughterhouse”), a response to Cortor’s years living and teaching art in Haiti. The “Abbatoire” series includes hauntingly beautiful, almost abstract images of butcher shops—a metaphor for the brutal and repressive regime of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier and the dreaded paramilitary Tontons Macoutes, who tortured, maimed and killed anyone perceived to oppose him.
The prints themselves are masterly examples of technique. Many are hand colored; some are printed with multiple plates to achieve unique color combinations; and all reveal Cortor’s finesse with line and shape. The whole suite of prints, along with two paintings Cortor gave the Museum, will be on view.