Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
BETYE SAAR (1926 - )
Sorceress and the Owl.

Watercolor, ink and wash on buff wove paper, 1964. 584x457 mm; 23x18 inches. Signed, dated and titled in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, Georgia.

In the early 1960s, Betye Saar began a series of etchings and works on paper that expressed her interest in indigenous art forms and mysticism. Saar made a related etching entitled Sorceress with Seven Assorted Birds, 1964, in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. These works from the 1960s are considered the first phase of a career which has now spanned over 4 decades. Many were recently featured in the recent exhibition "Betye Saar: The Legend of Black Girl Window" at the Museum of Modern Art, October 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020. In 1995, the artist stated "there has been an apparent thread in my art from my early prints of the 1960s through the later collages and assemblages and ties into the current installations. That thread is a curiosity about the mystical." Robinson, p. 465.