Betye Saar, ‘Mojotech’, 1987, Roberts Projects
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Betye Saar

Mojotech, 1987

Mixed media installation
76 × 294 × 16 in
193 × 746.8 × 40.6 cm
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Los Angeles
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Betye Saar
American, b. 1926
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Inspired by Joseph Cornell’s assemblages and Simon Rodia’s Los Angeles monuments, the Watts Towers (made from found scrap materials), Betye Saar’s work mixes surreal, symbolic imagery with a folk art aesthetic. As a participant in the robust African-American Los Angeles art scene of the 1970s, Saar appropriated characters such as Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, and other stereotypes from folk culture and advertising in her works—usually collages and assemblages. African tribal mysticism, history, memory, and nostalgia are also important for Saar. She was invited to participate in “Pacific Standard Time,” a 2011 survey of influential LA artists, for which she created Red Time, an installation of her assemblages from both past and present that explored the relationship between personal and collective history. “I'm the kind of person who recycles materials but I also recycle emotions and feelings,” she explains.

Betye Saar, ‘Mojotech’, 1987, Roberts Projects
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Betye Saar
American, b. 1926
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Inspired by Joseph Cornell’s assemblages and Simon Rodia’s Los Angeles monuments, the Watts Towers (made from found scrap materials), Betye Saar’s work mixes surreal, symbolic imagery with a folk art aesthetic. As a participant in the robust African-American Los Angeles art scene of the 1970s, Saar appropriated characters such as Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, and other stereotypes from folk culture and advertising in her works—usually collages and assemblages. African tribal mysticism, history, memory, and nostalgia are also important for Saar. She was invited to participate in “Pacific Standard Time,” a 2011 survey of influential LA artists, for which she created Red Time, an installation of her assemblages from both past and present that explored the relationship between personal and collective history. “I'm the kind of person who recycles materials but I also recycle emotions and feelings,” she explains.

Betye Saar

Mojotech, 1987

Mixed media installation
76 × 294 × 16 in
193 × 746.8 × 40.6 cm
Unique
Contact For Price
Location
Los Angeles
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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