Betye Saar: Cage: A New Series of Assemblages & Collages


by George Lipsitz

Los Angeles-based artist Betye Saar has been carefully crafting assemblages since the 1960s, using flea market and yard sale finds to explore the representation of race and history in pop culture. Her recent exhibition, CAGE: New Assemblages and Collages, features twenty new works that suggest that Saar’s focus has shifted from interrogating visual racism per se to attempting to address a collective refusal to reconcile contemporary inter- and intraracial conflicts with the traumatic histories that produced them.

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