“Betye Saar’s work occupies a pivotal position in American art. Her assemblages from the 1960s and early 1970 sinterweave issues of race, politics, and supernatural belief systems with her personal history. Having grown up in a racially segregated society, Saar has long held that art can transcend our darkest moments and deepest fears. Today, the emergence of a new generation of artists mining her poignant legacy attests to how profoundly Saar has changed the course of American art.“, said guest juror Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on Betye Saar.
In addition to many large-format images of her works, the publication accompanying the prize awarded to Betye Saar also contains the laudatio by Christophe Cherix, from which the above quotation is taken, and an interview by Yilmaz Dziewior and Carla Cugini with Betye Saar.
Edited by Carla Cugini, Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig e.V. (Cologne 2020, 64 pages), retail price: 15 Euro, plus shipping
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