celebrating black arts pioneer betye saar – #blackgirlmagic in action

July 31, 2017
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“I’m the kind of person who recycles materials but I also recycle emotions and feelings.”

Bow down to art royalty Betye Saar as she moves into her 91st year! After an over-50-year career and an insurmountable list of achievements, the LA-based visionary is living proof that Black don’t crack–OR slack.

Saar’s works were first illuminated during the LA chapter of the 1970’s Black Arts Movement–during which she solidified her striking style and brought cultural reclamation to an artistic surface. An activist by way of collages and assemblages, she continues to mesh symbolism and “folk art aesthetic” to convert nostalgic stereotype–i.e. Aunt Jemima, etc.–into empowering craftsmanship.

More than an artist, Betye Saar is a visual storyteller, and has been for the bulk of her life. Her works, like those below, allowed her tangible influence to spread and take command over how following generations define art.

Happy Birthday Queen!