Betye Saar


Betye Irene Saar (born July 30, 1926) is an African American artist known for her work in the medium of assemblage. Saar is a visual storyteller and an accomplished printmaker. Saar was a part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s, which engaged myths and stereotypes about race and femininity. Her work is considered highly political, as she challenged negative ideas about African Americans throughout her career; Saar is best known for her art work that critiques American racism toward Blacks.

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African-American sculptor and installation artist from Los Angeles, California. She received a B.A. from UCLA and a M.A. from California State University, Long Beach.

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United States


Artist, assemblage artist, graphic artist, mixed-media artist, sculptor

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Betye Saar

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