Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
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DescriptionUneasy Dancer brings together over 80 works including installations, assemblages, collages and sculptures by the pioneering Los Angeles artist Betye Saar (born 1926) produced between 1966 and 2016. This handsomely designed volume presents Saar's work as a copiously illustrated timeline, with numerous documentary images and exhibition details. "Uneasy Dancer" is an expression Saar has used to define both herself and her artistic practice: "my work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender." Through her use of found objects, personal memorabilia and derogatory images that evoke denied or distorted narratives, Saar developed a powerful social critique that challenges racial and sexist stereotypes deeply rooted in American culture.
February 28, 2017
6.7 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author
Deborah Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and Africana Studies. Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers - 1840 to the Present; Let Your Motto be Resistance - African American Portraits; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Barbara Krauthamer; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. Both Envisioning Emancipation and Michelle Obama received NAACP Image Awards.
Kellie Jones is Professor in the department of art history and archaeology and a Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016.
Uneasy Dancer takes a comprehensive look at the life and work of Saar...[borrowing from] the artist's signature assemblage technique in its structure, which centers on an illustrated timeline pieced together from Saar's private archives.--Bookforum