Betye Saar's Biography
Betye Saar is an American artist best known for her assemblage art, which combines found objects and images in order to comment on the history of race and racism in the United States. Saar was born in Los Angeles, California in 1926 and was part of the Black artistic Renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s. Her work is in the permanent collection of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saar's art is often politically charged and has been featured in exhibits such as the traveling exhibition "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima" (1972–76). She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Saar currently lives and works in Los Angeles.