MoMA’s Walls Will Be Washed In Purple For First Time Thanks To Artist Betye Saar
By Thanussha Priyah, 06 Sep 2019
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At the age of 93, Betye Saar will hold her solo shows in two large-scaled museums, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this fall. With a career spanning six decades, the artist’s works stood against the ever-changing times, reverberating the influences of culture, family, mysticism and personal history.
Her solo exhibition at MoMA, Betye Saar: The Legends of ‘Black Girl’s Window’, will take place in conjunction with the reopening of the museum’s new expansion on 21 October 2019.
Black Girl’s Window, the 1969 self-portrait that will headline the exhibition, focuses on printmaking, which Saar spent almost a decade practicing. The piece highlights a silhouette of the artist with floating moons and stars on her head, inscription of a lion, her birth sign and a tintype of a woman, likely representing her Irish grandmother. Right in the center is a halloween skeleton symbolizing her father’s death.
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“Black Girl’s Window” (1969) is a pivotal work from the first decade of #BetyeSaar’s now six-decade career, marking the moment when her practice shifted from primarily printmaking to collage and assemblage. Deeply autobiographical, the work weaves together references to the private, the public, and the mystical. See it when a #newMoMA reopens this fall in our exhibition “Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window’”—an exploration of Saar’s experimental print practice and the evolution of her artistic language tracing themes of family, history, and mysticism. Take a closer look: mo.ma/saarwindow (link in bio) … [Credit: Betye Saar. “Black Girl's Window.” 1969. Wooden window frame with paint, cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, daguerreotype, lenticular print, and plastic figurine. Gift of Candace King Weir through The Modern Women's Fund, and Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds]
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The artist shared with the New York Times that MoMA will have its walls painted purple, as per her request, “for the first time ever.”
The museum’s chief curator, Ann Temkin, claimed that it took them so long to get hold of Saar’s works due to the direction they were looking for works, but she now finds it rewarding and inspiring to be a curator.
The show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will take place first with Betye Saar: Call and Response on 22 September 2019. This piece will showcase a combination of several sketchbooks with pertinent finished works.
[via The New York Times , image via littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock.com]
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