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© 2019 Lisa Blair

January 2, 2016

Photo by Michele Mattei 

Betye Saar, age 89, a native to Los Angeles, is known for her multimedia collages, box assemblages, altars and installations consisting of found materials. She was a late bloomer in the art world, creating her most famous piece at the age of 46 that launched both her reputation as well as a series of works that followed. That piece, “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” consists of a wooden box containing a smiling “mammy” doll carrying a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other, placed in front o...

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