Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues @ Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

Those lucky enough to have read or seen a conversation with the 95-year-old Betye Saar, the esteemed American assemblage artist, have experienced the transcendency of her words. As she observed a few years ago, “It may not be possible to convey to someone else the mysterious transforming gifts by which dreams, memory, and experience become art. But I like to think that I can try.” There is so much wisdom in this perception that speaks to the complexity of creativity, including the lifelong desire to make and what fuels that visionary impulse. Saar is often referred to as a legend, and she earns that description by how she continues to think about art in an original and provocative way.

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