Betye Saar. The Beastie Parade. 1964

Betye Saar The Beastie Parade 1964

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

“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 The Beastie Parade 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 October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Medium
Etching and aquatint with hand additions
Dimensions
plate: 5 1/16 × 14 7/8" (12.9 × 37.8 cm); sheet (irreg.): 6 7/8 × 16 7/16" (17.4 × 41.7 cm)
Publisher
the artist, Los Angeles
Printer
the artist, Los Angeles
Edition
planned edtion of 15, 7 known variants
Credit
The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists
Object number
1173.2018
Department
Drawings and Prints

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