Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight (Hardcover)

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Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight By Betye Saar (Artist), Stephanie Seidel (Editor), Alex Gartenfeld (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Betye Saar (Artist), Stephanie Seidel (Editor), Alex Gartenfeld (Foreword by)
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Betye Saar's body of work is just mindblowing. Her visual story-tellling and artistic talents are revolutionary, and I feel like she should receive much more recognition for her work. This particular collection, with its themes of the African Diaspora and the night sky, really just left me floored.


— From Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight


Rarely seen installation works that exemplify this pioneering artist's critical focus on Black identity and Black feminism

Showcasing a lesser-known aspect of Saar's art, Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight provides new insights into her explorations of ritual, spirituality and cosmologies, as well as themes of the African diaspora. Featured here are significant installations created by Saar from 1980 to 1998, including Oasis (1984), a work that will be reconfigured at ICA Miami's Saar exhibition for the first time in more than 30 years.
With compelling scholarship and rich illustration--combining new installation photography and archival material--the monograph provides a fresh look at this significant artist's critical and influential practice. Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight reinforces and celebrates Saar's standing as a visionary artist, storyteller and mythmaker, and the ongoing significance and relevance of her work to the most pressing issues in America today.
Betye Saar (born 1926) is renowned for pioneering Black feminism and West Coast assemblage in her visionary artistic practice, through dense, complexly referential objects. For over six decades, Saar's work has led dialogues on race and gender, reflecting changing cultural and political contexts. Most recently, solo presentations have been hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Saar's work was prominently featured in We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London, which traveled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Brooklyn Museum; The Broad, Los Angeles; and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781636810362
ISBN-10: 1636810365
Publisher: Delmonico Books
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English