“Betye Saar: Call and Response”

“Betye Saar’s work, which often takes the form of assemblage (she is a key figure in that medium’s rich history in LA), is marked by an allusiveness that combines sharp critiques of race and gender issues with a sense of spirituality and wonderment.”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Resnick Pavilion, through April 5, 2020; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, February 13–May 9, 2021

Betye Saar’s work, which often takes the form of assemblage (she is a key figure in that medium’s rich history in LA), is marked by a dreamlike allusiveness that combines sharp critiques of race and gender issues with a sense of spirituality and wonderment. Arriving in conjunction with “Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this exhibition juxtaposes finished works with preliminary sketches and notebooks from Saar’s six-decade career.

Betye Saar, Black Dolls sketchbook, 2015, 6 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches overall. Collection of Betye Saar, courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Copyright © Betye Saar. Photo copyright © Museum Associates/ LACMA.