Saturday, March 15, 2014

NEW YORK: Betye Saar

REDTIME EST: An Installation by Betye Saar
March 15 – May 3, 2014

Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 15, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY

Betye Saar artist statement on

REDTIME: EST is a selection of assemblages which focus on political works dating from 1966 to 2014.
In the late 1960s, I began to collect derogatory black images. Then the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. triggered a creative retaliation and I made The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972). This assemblage transformed a demeaning mammy figure in to an empowered warrior.
Throughout the years, several series of my art have used derogatory images where I recycled windows, washboards, trays and cages. REDTIME: EST is a collection of assemblages which emphasize the color red – the color of anger, danger, violence, heat, passion, blood and fire.
REDTIME: EST is my visual tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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