Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer

Dyangani Ose, Elvira and Mainetti, Mario. 2016. Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer. [Exhibition Catalogue]

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"My work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender".
American artist Betye Saar questions her own role of "uneasy dancer" in life and art by creating assemblages, collages and installations of intimate character that complement her feminist and African American self-awareness. Throughout her career, which this book documents through critical essays and lavishly illustrated timeline, Saar's practice has reflected her delicate yet resolutely humanistic vision.
This volume, designed by Irma Boom, presents as a flow of visual information the works, practice and artistic career of Betye Saar (Los Angeles, 1926), who generously provided the primary sources of information and documents in her personal archive.
In addition to the introductory text written by Elvira Dyangani Ose, the publication contains three essays by scholars and art historians that discuss Saar's artistic experience. Also featured is a timeline that analyzes Saar's artistic journey year by year. An appendix at the end of the volume includes a bibliography, the Italian translations of the essays and the book and exhibition checklist.
In paralel with information on the historical and artistic context of the given period (1926-2016) - which focuses specifically on the Civil Rights Movement and the cultural and artistic events in the United States, with particular regard to the Los angeles area - the timeline showcases an illustrated chronological account that covers the major events in the life of the artist and includes a full array of informative materials about SAar's artistic career.
A complete exhibition history of the artist follows the narration for each year she has been active. The information includes title, venue, city, country, and dates of the exhibition when available.

Item Type:

Exhibition Catalogue

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


September 2016

Event Location:

Fondazione Prada Milan, Italy

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Date Deposited:

18 Apr 2018 14:22

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:45


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