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Betye Saar

Betye Saar

Black Girl's Window

Betye Saar
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Made at a critical juncture in Betye Saar's (born 1926) career, the enigmatic assemblage Black Girl's Window (1969) was recognized by the artist as a crucial link between her past and future even at the time she made it. Saar has drawn upon family history, spirituality, astrology and politics consistently throughout her 60-year career, and all are present in the prints, drawings and found material neatly ensconced within the gridded panes of the antique window frame that is the work's defining element.

This in-depth study by curators Christophe Cherix and Esther Adler expands our understanding of Saar's early career and casts light on all that followed. Drawing on new research into the work's construction and materials, and on firsthand discussions with the artist regarding the making of Black Girl's Window and the themes behind her evocative imagery, this concise, generously illustrated volume explores one of Saar's best-known and most iconic works.


Betye Saar (born 1926) is renowned for pioneering Black feminism and West Coast assemblage in her visionary artistic practice, through dense, complexly referential objects. For over six decades, Saar’s work has led dialogues on race and gender, reflecting changing cultural and political contexts. Most recently, solo presentations have been hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Saar’s work was prominently featured in We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London, which traveled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Brooklyn Museum; The Broad, Los Angeles; and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


  • Publisher: ‎The Museum of Modern Art, New York (July 23, 2019)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎48 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1633450767
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781633450769
  • Item Weight: ‎7.1 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎7.25 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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