Betye Saar. The Big Beastie Parade. 1964

Betye Saar The Big Beastie Parade 1964

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A merry band of “Beasties” marches across this large-scale etching, as if illustrating a fairy tale Saar invented for her children. Below the trumpeting elephant, whose face is obscured by an eagle, stands a proud lion, the symbol of Saar’s astrological sign, Leo, and a frequent motif in her work. Rows of smaller animals, made with rubber stamps, line up beneath them, while a floating mermaid appears on a banner above. Saar has joyously included a range of characters, both real and imagined: as she has frequently said, “You can make art out of anything.”

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Plate: 17 13/16 × 21 7/16" (45.2 × 54.5 cm); sheet: 19 1/2 × 23 3/4" (49.5 × 60.3 cm)
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Gift of Alison Saar and Thomas Leeser
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