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Produced by WNET (New York Public Media) in 1977 and directed by Suzanne Bauman, Spirit Catcher: The Art of Betye Saar profiles the life and work of Saar, her fascination with the mystical and the unknown, merging with her social concerns as an African American woman.  In the film, John Outterbridge, who as a young artist directed the Watts Art Center in the Watts area of Los Angeles where Saar spent summers as a child, comments "She could be a daughter to one of the pharaohs." It is something approaching wizardry that the artist puts together her stirring icons, using such materials as bones, beads, shells, teeth, fur, feathers and elephant hairs, as well as zodiac signs, old photographs, letters, and family memorabilia.

 

Selected Works

Spirit Catcher: The Art of Betye Saar, 1977 Film Still

Spirit Catcher: The Art of Betye Saar, 1977
Film Still