Betye Saar

Born in Los Angeles, 1926 and lives in Los Angeles

Betye Saar is an American artist known for assemblage and collage works. With a found-object process like that of Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg, Saar explores both the realities of African-American oppression and the mysticism of symbols through the combination of everyday objects.

Her work tackles racism through the appropriation and recontextualization of African-American folklore and icons, as seen in the seminal The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972), a wooden box containing a doll of a stereotypical “mammy” figure.

Born on July 30, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA, she studied at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Today, her works are held in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. Saar lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight
ICA Miami presents a survey of rarely exhibited, site-specific installations dating from 1980 to 1998...
28 Oct 2021 - 17 Apr 2022
Institute of Contemporary Art Miami – ICA
Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Uneasy Dancer”, a comprehensive survey of work by Betye...
15 Sep 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
Fondazione Prada, Milan
Rock My Soul
Titled after bell hooks’ book, “Rock My Soul“, gathering new and old works by Njideka...
02 Oct 2019 - 02 Nov 2019
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