With her works, Betye Saar takes us into a world full of questions and dreams, a world in which fragments of relics and ordinary objects play a role, as do individuals and community, a world in which faith and the transcendent equally have their place. In this context, Saar’s small-format sketchbooks are an essential key to her oeuvre. They allow an intimate glimpse into the creative process and visual thinking of an artist who draws from a wide variety of sources, from the mystical to the sociopolitical.
In her miniature painting The Mystic Eyes, which Saar selected from her sketchbook dating from 1970 to 1972, she explores the all-seeing eye, a motif that makes it seem as if a benevolent deity is looking down upon us. The ancient symbol is said to lend power and offer protection from harm. The motif also recurs in Saar's other twenty-two miniature paintings and collages in the sketchbook, such as in a preliminary study for The Divine Face (1971), Saar’s assemblage that is entering the Museum Ludwig collection on the occasion of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize.
Edition created on the occasion of the 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
12-color inkjet print with pigment ink on Hahnemühle Hemp, 290 g/m2, museum-quality fine-art print (color fastness: ca. 200 years)
12.59 x 9.44 in / 32 x 24 cm (sheet), 5.98 x 4 in / 15.2 x 10.2 cm (image)
Edition: 75 + 25 AP
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist.
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The deadline for ordering is June 20, 2021.