Betye Saar To Catch a Unicorn 1960

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“There has been an apparent thread in my art that weaves from my early prints of the 1960s through later collages and assemblages. . . . That thread is a curiosity about the mystical.” Works like To Catch a Unicorn reveal this longstanding interest of Saar’s, which was supported in part by her broader cultural explorations of the occult in the 1960s. Evoking medieval imagery of unicorns and maidens in jewel-like colors, Saar’s characters appear under the sun and the moon, underscoring the interconnection of the natural and supernatural.

Gallery label from Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window, October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Etching and aquatint with watercolor additions
plate: 14 3/4 × 8" (37.5 × 20.3 cm); sheet: 16 3/4 × 9 7/16" (42.6 × 24 cm)
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
planned edition of 20, 8 known variants
The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists
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© Betye Saar, courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
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