Betye Saar

Betye Saar

Extending the Frozen Moment

Book - 2005
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University of California Press
"Saar is undeniably one of the most visionary artists to emerge in the last forty years. A master storyteller, she gathers together materials bearing the weight of history to create new memories, recast old myths, and incite our imaginations. And like Saar's work, the accompanying essays by some of the nation's leading scholars are spectacular meditations on history, representation, memory, and the significance of Betye Saar's offerings."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams

Betye Saar, born in Los Angeles in 1926, emerged in the 1960s as a powerful figure in the redefinition of African American art. Over the past forty years, she has injected African American visual histories into mainstream visual culture by blending spiritual, political, and cultural iconography to create complex works with universal impact. This beautifully illustrated book accompanies an exhibition of Saar's work, showcasing the extraordinary depth and breadth of her achievement. It provides multiple vantage points from which to gain a richer understanding of Saar's career, American art of the 1960s, feminism, contemporary art, and California culture and politics.

Copub: University of Michigan Museum of Art

Blackwell North Amer
Betye Saar's interest in nostalgia, memory, and history is often expressed through the incorporation of found photographs in her assemblages. The photographic fragment, "the frozen moment," is a vital thread in Saar's work, holding the power to challenge stereotypes and reconstruct and reclaim the identities of those lost to history. Surveying the career of this remarkable artist through the lens of photography offers fresh perspectives on contemporary art, feminism, and American culture and politics from the 1960s and 1970s to our own time.

Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Museum of Art ; Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780520246621
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm


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