Friday, May 13, 2011

Alison Saar: Vitreous Painting on glass

Alison Saar, Vitreous Painting on Glass, 8 x 10”

Alison Saar, just one year older than myself, is a contemporary African-American artist that I have admired for a long while. Her sculptural assemblage works often inspired by African mythology are really wonderful. I love the piece that is a part of the permanent collection at the UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, Compton Nocturne, 1999. This museum where this piece lives is regionally located and that I am able to visit several times a year.

Biography: Alison Saar (1956- )

Alison Saar was born in 1956 to Betye Saar, a well-known African American artist, and to Richard Saar, an art conservationist. Her parents, who inspired her to become a sculptor, also taught her about different art materials and techniques. Saar studied art and art history at Scripps College in California and received her Master's in Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1981. She also studied African, Latin American, and Caribbean art and religion, which gave her art a multicultural approach. In the 1980s, Saar began making sculptures and room installations that focused on the theme of cultures of the African diaspora. Chief among t hese works is "Love Potion No. 9." Saar today continues to explore spiritual themes in her work and to exhibit in museums, including The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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