Betye Saar

This person is associated with the Black Arts movement in the United States. Betye Saar’s innovative assemblages range from small pieces resembling shrines to large, gallery-scale installations. Her artwork combines social commentary with spirituality, mysticism and craft. Betye Saar grew up in Pasadena, Californina, and spent summers with her grandmother in the Watts neighborhood of L.A. where she watched Simon Rodia construct the Watts Towers, which she later attributed as an influence on her work. A 1968 exhibition of Joseph Cornell's carefully assembled boxes inspired her to experiment with assemblage, and as part of the 1970's Black Arts movement, Saar viscerally challenged myths and stereotypes surrounding African-Americans. Saar’s sculptures often incorporated found images and objects, like tribal pieces from Africa, shamanistic fetishes, and items from African-American folk traditions, within framing devices like doors and window panes. Saar's installations, which often involve shrines and altars, incorporate her interest in mysticism and Voodoo, and explore the relationship between technology and spirituality. In these room-size works, she pairs computer chips with mystical amulets and charms, suggesting the need for an alliance between the technical and the spiritual.

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There is no death date recorded in The Athenaeum for this person, but the birth date (1926) is less than 90 years before the current public domain cutoff date (in the United States) of 1946. It is assumed that they may have died after 1946, and are copyrighted.

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