Alison Saar

Alison Saar (b. 1956) was born in Los Angeles, and she received her BA from Scripps College and her MFA from the Otis College of Art and Design. She grew up in an artistic environment as her mother is the acclaimed collagist and assemblage artist Betye Saar and her father, Richard Saar, was a painter and art conservator. Through her sculpture, drawings, and prints, Alison Saar explores the subjects of racism, sexism, ageism and the specific challenges of being bi-racial in America. Saar’s style encompasses a multitude of personal, artistic, and cultural references that reflect the plurality of her own experiences. Her sculptures, installations, and prints incorporate found objects including vintage fabrics, rough-hewn wood, old tin ceiling panels, nails, shards of pottery, glass, and urban detritus. The resulting figures and objects become powerful totems exploring issues of gender, race, heritage, and history. Alison Saar has been awarded many distinguished honors including a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem and awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and and the Whitney Museum for American Art.

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