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Something Blue brings together a selection of artworks by Betye Saar from 1983 to 2018. All of the works on view feature the color blue as a means to explore such concepts as magic, voodoo, and the occult. In her new assemblages dating from 2018, Saar revisits the holistic inclusion of various religious objects, totems, talismans, and charms in the materiality and temporality of her work. This focus on the mystic shares space with her familiar motifs including derogatory black collectibles, outlines of her hand, and personal and familial objects.         

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Shrine of Forgotten Memories, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
21 x 16 x 13 in (53.3 x 40.6 x 33.0 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Blue Window of the Mystic Palms, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
30 x 14.5 x 1 in (76.2 x 36.8 x 2.5 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
La Cruz Indigo, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
12.25 x 12 x 6.5 in (31.1 x 30.5 x 16.5 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Blue Reliquary, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
14 x 10 x 3 in (35.6 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
High Stakes, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
21 x 16 x 13 in (53.3 x 40.6 x 33.0 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Indigo Illusions, 1991
Mixed media assemblage with neon
17.5 x 11.5 x 5 in (44.45 x 29.21 x 12.7 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Lucky, 1990
Serigraph on rice paper
30 x 22 in (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Lost Dimensions of Time, 1988
Mixed media collage
14.25 x 7.5 x 1 in (36.2 x 19.1 x 2.5 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
L.A. Sky with Spinning Hearts, 1987
Offset lithograph with collage
24.38 x 29.38 in (61.9 x 74.6 cm)

Betye Saar Savage Mystery

Betye Saar
Savage Mystery, 1986
Mixed media collage
20.25 x 19.5 in (51.4 x 49.5 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Memory Window for Anastacia, 1994
Mixed media assemblage
38 x 19 x 2 in (96.5 x 48.3 x 5.1 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Evening in Paris, 2010
Mixed media assemblage
15.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 in (39.4 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm)