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Betye Saar, The Destiny of Latitude & Longitude, 2010, mixed media, 54 × 43 × 20 1/2".

Betye Saar

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Betye Saar, The Destiny of Latitude & Longitude, 2010, mixed media, 54 × 43 × 20 1/2".

Institutional interest in Betye Saar’s work, particularly her groundbreaking assemblages from the late 1960s and ’70s, has never been greater: Within the past year and a half, the Black Arts Movement veteran has had retrospectives at the De Domijnen in the Netherlands and the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museum of Modern Art, all in New York, as well as at the newly inaugurated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Saar has noted the formative experiences of watching Simon Rodia at work on the steel-and-mosaic structures of his monumental (and now landmarked) Watts Towers when she was visiting her grandmother, who lived in this Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1950s, and of viewing a 1967 survey of Joseph Cornell’s work

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