Betye Saar is contemporary American visual artist. Saar is renown for her assemblage and mixed media works. Betye Saar was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1926.
Saar earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles. She also studied at California State University at Long Beach, the University of Southern California, and California State University Northridge.
The artist often explores racism and its place in contemporary American culture.
Price range information: Saar has been a prolific print maker over her career and has created works in watercolor and oils. Prices range from $4,000 to $25,000
Saar has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The artist is based out of Los Angeles, California.
Works by Betye Saar can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Institute in Washington D.C.
The artist had two daughters who became accomplished professional artists named Lezley and Alison Saar (my post on Alison Saar will come tomorrow!) Below a link to my article on Lezley Saar:
Betye Saar is great at creating works that capture the emotions and attitude of American pop culture. My favorite works by the artist are her works that show a Mammie, a black maid that often cared for the infants of her employer, looking after the household and packing a gun!
For the first time last year I saw a master of assemblage, the great Robert Cornell. Betye Saar’s work has a strong emotional appeal with awesome design. I find her to reminds me of Kara Walker, but less regard to race and racism. Both Cornell and Saar are great at capturing a snapshot of daily every day life.