Betye Saar: “Call and Response”

Art, Mixed media
Betye Saar, I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break, 1998
Photograph: Courtesy LACMA (gift of Lynda and Stewart Resnick through the 2018 Collectors Committee)/Betye Saar Betye Saar, I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break, 1998

Time Out says

LACMA links preliminary sketches and finished works from the under-recognized SoCal artist, whose found object assemblage pieces address issues of race, gender and spirituality. Though not necessarily a retrospective, the single-room exhibition examines Saar’s core themes with sculptural constructions from 1968 to the present day. The works are powerful, with cages that recall minstrel shows and an ironing board emblazoned with the layout of a slave ship, and made all the more so by being able to glance over her sketchbook studies (Saar’s colorful travel sketchbooks are particularly beautiful).

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