Betye Saar
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Betye Saar

Artist Betye Saar in herstudio in 1970, with Black Girls Window, acquired by MOMA in 2013. (Bob Nakamura / Roberts & Tilton)
Vintage clocks of all shapes and sizes can be found in Betye Saar’s Laurel Canyon studio. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
“The Edge of Ethics,”  foreground, and “Seated Shadow With Bird Cages” are part of retrospective at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. ((Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times))
At the heart of Saar’s studio sits a collection of ceramic mammies, notorious artifacts that she transforms into something mighty. ((Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times))
“The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” 1972, channeled Saar’s humor, outrage. (Betye Saar / Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive)
“Alpha & Omega,” in the Arizona show, conveys visions of otherworldly passages. (Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times)
“Migration: Africa to America I,” 2006, is among Saar’s mixed-media assemblages in the Scottsdale exhibit. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Tim Lanterman / Scottsdale Museum of Contemporar)
A detail from Saar’s installation “Red Time,” from the retrospective “Still Tickin’.”
 (Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times)
Artist Betye Saar in her Laurel Canyon studio in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)