Written by Jane H. Carpenter with Betye Saar. Foreword by David C. Driskell.
Hardcover, smyth-sewn casebound, with dust jacket. 128 pages, 8½ x 11 in. Includes 70 full-color plates, Chronology, and Index.
One of America's most important assemblage artists, Betye Saar makes visual magic from such ingredients as gloves, old photographs and wallpaper, and scraps of ribbon and lace. She draws her imagery from the social and political movements, spiritual systems, and visual cultures around her, blending black aesthetics, feminist art, African art, and Latino art with modern and postmodern movements, popular culture, and personal memories. Her reinterpretations document and challenge our notions of family, race, gender, and faith. This book examines the phases of Saar's career and charts the themes that tie her oeuvre into a thoughtful and cohesive whole.
About the ARTIST
Betye Saar (b. 1926) has been creating inspired pieces since the early 1960s. Her works are in the collections of notable museums like Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has taught at the University of California and at the Parsons-Otis Institute, both in Los Angeles, and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions.