Gaceta Callejera: Black Lives Matter


Gaceta Callejera: Black Lives Matter is a color screenprint from 2020 by American artist, Art Hazelwood (born 1961). It is pencil signed and editioned 25/50. It was printed by the artist on a sturdy cream wove paper and the image measures 22 x 16 inches.

In his article “An Artist for the Moment,” Paul Von Blum wrote: “Hazelwood’s highly detailed woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and book projects made him the legitimate heir of major political artists including Posada, Kollwitz, Daumier, and Goya. His recent works respond in imaginative ways to the present crises and the barbaric “leaders” who have created them… Black Lives Matter highlights some of the central figures of both the recent and distant past that underlie the present Black Lives Matter movement. Hazelwood pointedly depicts a masked woman protester lovingly cradling Floyd. Behind her is the image of professional quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling for the national anthem brought an end to his football career.”

Art Hazelwood, printmaker, painter, muralist, impresario, educator, independent curator, and political activist, was born in Concord, Massachusetts on May 22, 1961. He studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received his B.A. in Fine Arts in 1983. After graduation, Hazelwood travelled extensively in Asia, and lived in Vienna and then the American Southwest before settling in San Francisco, California in 1993.

He is a member of and exhibited with the California Society of Printmakers and the Print Club of Albany. His work has been in numerous exhibitions since his first exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1989. He curated or co-curated the following exhibitions: Three Worlds: Myths Bricks Prints Arias Fuentes Banjo, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco; California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut, Hearst Art Gallery; Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present, travelling exhibition. In 2008, Hazelwood teamed with Stephen Fredericks of the New York Society of Etchers to organize Art of Democracy, a national coalition of fifty exhibitions across the country that lead up to the presidential elections. That same year Hazelwood worked with Anne Brodzky and DeWitt Cheng to curate the Art of Democracy: War and Empire.

In 2017, Hazelwood was the recipient of the “Artwork as Revolution Award” from the Coalition on Homelessness and his work is represented in the collections of Ball State University Art Museum, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Fresno Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lillie M. Kleven Print Collection at the Bemidji State University, the New York Public Library, the Stanford Library Special Collections, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Library.

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