One of Saar’s few early experiments with screenprinting, Anticipation depicts the artist pregnant with her third child. The seated female figure, holding flowers, recalls Western religious imagery of the Virgin Mary, but Saar captures both the joy of impending birth and the exhaustion of pregnancy. If her back is straight and her gaze serene, her body is heavy as she finds a moment of calm. Anticipation also shows Saar’s interest in exploring different textures and patterns in her printed work, from the wall she rests against to her richly colored dress.
Gallery label from Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window, October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020