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Gwendolyn E. Brooks

Artist
Sara S. Miller, 1924 - 2016
Sitter
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, 7 Jun 1917 - 3 Dec 2000
Date
1994
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 45.7 x 18.7 x 22.9cm (18 x 7 3/8 x 9")
Without Base: 31.8 x 18.7 x 22.9cm (12 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 9")
Mount: 17.5 x 17.5cm (6 7/8 x 6 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Sara S. Miller, 1994
Object number
NPG.94.303
Culture
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Topeka, Kansas
"Blackness is what I know best. I want to talk about it, with definitive illustration," said writer Gwendolyn Brooks. From her sensitive autobiographical novel Maud Martha to her popular rhythmic poem "We Real Cool," Brooks devoted her work to portraying urban African American life with poignancy, artistry, and pride. During the course of her career, Brooks received two Guggenheim Fellowships and became the first black writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize and earn election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Brooks wrote of this sculpture: "Sara, thank you for extending my life; for sending my life into bronze and beyond."
Provenance
Sara S. Miller [1924-2016]; purchased NPG 1994
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220
Place
United States\Illinois\Cook\Chicago