“Takin’ a chance on luv” (2017) by Betye Saar
13″x16.25″ Archival Pigment Print on Canson Edition Etching Rag 310 grm paper

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About the Artist:
Born in 1926, Betye Saar grew up in Pasadena just blocks from the present location of Side Street’s Mobile Headquarters. Saar Studied at Pasadena City College, earned a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949, and pursued graduate studies at California State University at Long Beach, the University of Southern California, and California State University at Northridge. Growing up in Los Angeles has always been important to Saar. As a child, she watched Simon Rodia construct the Watts Towers*1. Her focus on assemblage was fortified when she visited an exhibition of the works of Joseph Cornell at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon). Cornell was known for producing intimate box assemblages that used scavenged objects in moody and surreal ways. “I immediately started collecting stuff after I saw that show,” Saar says. “I started going to yard sales and estate sales.”*2

“I am intrigued with combining the remnant of memories, fragments of relics and ordinary objects, with the components of technology. It’s a way of delving into the past and reaching into the future simultaneously.”*3

Saar has received numerous awards of distinction, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1974, 1984), a J. Paul Getty Fund for the Visual Arts Fellowship (1990), a Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award (1998). In 2013, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presented her with the Distinguished Women in the Arts Award. A role model for generations of women, Saar has raised three daughters, including two accomplished artists. Alison Saar was Side Street’s Phantom Ball Artist in 1997.

Betye Saar is represented by Roberts & Tilton Gallery. She participated in the 22nd São Paulo Biennial in Brazil with John Outterbridge, who was our Phantom Ball artist in 2012. Her work has been exhibited all over the world including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Museum Het Domein Sittard in The Netherlands*4.  At 90 years old, Saar is still making work with multiple exhibitions forthcoming.

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CHARLES GAINES

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ALICE KÖNITZ

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STEVE RODEN

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ALEXANDRA GRANT

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JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE


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JAMES WELLING

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OLGA KOUMOUNDOUROS

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WALEAD BESHTY

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CATHERINE OPIE

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JOHN BALDESSARI

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EDGAR ARCENEAUX

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MATTHEW MONAHAN

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TIM HAWKINSON


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®™ark & The Yes Men


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SAM DURANT


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MONIQUE PRIETO


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DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINEZ


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MARTIN KERSELS

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ALISON SAAR

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THE MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY


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ELLEN BIRRELL

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JO ANN CALLIS

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CINDY BERNARD


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LAURA LONDON


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EILEEN COWIN