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Betye Saar: Colored: Consider the Rainbow

by Betye Saar

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I was not familiar with this artist until I came across this book (an exhibition catalog from a show at the Michale Rosenfeld Gallery in New York, and the Columbus Museum Uptown, in Columbus, Georgia) while browsing the Newberry Library Book Sale. I was immediately hooked.

Working in assemblage and collage, using old photographs and found objects, Saar in this exhibition addressed the "difficult and conflicted relationships that African Americans have with the attitudes, language and character of calling each other names based on skin color." She herself is definitely a "melted pot", being of African-American, Irish, Native American, Creole, German and Scottish descent.

The artist says, "It is my goal as an artist to create works that expose injustice and reveal beauty. The rainbow is literally a spectrum of color while spiritually a symbol of hope and promise."
  lilithcat | Nov 7, 2005 |
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