At 97, Betye Saar Traces Her Decades-Long Relationship With Art Back to This Unexpected Source

Photography by Tracye Saar-Cavanaugh. All images courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects.

As a child, Betye Saar witnessed the construction of the Watts Towers from broken glass, rusty tools, and seashells, and determined that history is best represented in the detritus of real people’s lives. Now 97, the mixed media artist has demonstrated that conviction during a 50-year career, using found objects to articulate the Black American experience and critique its commodification.

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