Betye Saar. Lo, The Mystique City. 1965

Betye Saar Lo, The Mystique City 1965

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 2 South The Paul J. Sachs Galleries

Saar’s “mystique city” of 1965 is populated by animals and mysterious figures peeking through windows, its skyline a mixed row of found shapes and curious details. An arc of suns, moons, and stars rises above it, inspired by a graphic the artist saw above a newspaper’s astrology column. These forms, in various arrangements and sizes, are a regular motif in the artist’s prints from 1965 on, made from copper shapes that Saar purchased in bulk at a jewelry store.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Medium
Etching and aquatint with relief-printed found objects
Dimensions
plate (irreg.): 18 1/2 × 19 13/16" (47 × 50.4 cm); sheet: 19 13/16 × 22 15/16" (50.3 × 58.3 cm)
Publisher
the artist, Los Angeles
Printer
the artist, Los Angeles
Edition
planned edition of 30, 6 known variants
Credit
The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists
Object number
1186.2018
Department
Drawings and Prints

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