Mystic Window of Sea and Sky

About Betye Saar

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.

American, b. 1926, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Betye Saar: Blend, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
2016
BETYE SAAR: Uneasy Dancer, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2016
Betye Saar: Black White, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
2013
Betye Saar: The Alpha & Omega, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
2011
Betye Saar: Red Time, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
A Constellation, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
2015
Take an Object, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
2012
The Road Ahead, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City