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Roberts Projects

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Hardcover, 9 x 12 in. / 223 pgs / 178 color / 9 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2022 p. 10   

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ISBN 9781733664769 TRADE
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Culver City, CA
Roberts Projects, 09/18/21–11/06/21

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Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues

Foreword by Julie Roberts. Text by Rachel Federman, Katherine Jentleson. Interview by Maddy Inez Leeser.

Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues

An investigation into Saar's lifelong interest in Black dolls, with new watercolors, historic assemblages, sketchbooks and a selection of Black dolls from the artist’s collection

This volume features new watercolor works on paper and assemblages by Betye Saar (born 1926) that incorporate the artist’s personal collection of Black dolls. These watercolors showcase the artist’s experimentation with vivid color and layered techniques, and her new interest in flat shapes. While Saar has previously used painting in her mixed-media collages, this is the first publication to focus on her watercolor works on paper.
“Watercolor is something that children use, so I decided, maybe I’ll paint something about children, maybe I’ll paint the dolls,” Saar says. Referencing the underrepresented history of Black dolls through Saar’s artistic lens, this catalog distills several intersecting themes, imagery and objects in Saar’s oeuvre, highlighting her prominent usage and reinvention of Black imagery. It contains 90 color images, including early assemblage works that feature Black dolls, such as Gris-Gris Box (1972) and Mti (1973), plus early sketchbooks and a curated selection of Saar’s Black doll collection. It also includes original essays by Rachel Federman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, and Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art, and an interview with the artist by her granddaughter, Maddy Inez Leeser.


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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/1/2022

Hot Book Alert: 'Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues' is NEW from Roberts Projects!

Hot Book Alert: 'Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues' is NEW from Roberts Projects!

Featured spreads are from Roberts Projects' highly anticipated Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues, presenting the inimitable nonagenarian's collection of Black dolls, alongside recent watercolors of the dolls, historic assemblages, sketchbooks and a pop-out cardboard doll modeled after Saar’s "Hoo Doo Woman" (1974)—the only doll in Saar's collection that she hand-made herself. "During the 2020 pandemic quarantine, I began creating watercolor paintings of the Black dolls from my collection," Saar is quoted. "I’ve always used watercolors for my sketchbooks, especially when I travel. I love the freedom of watercolor as a medium, and the rich, saturated, bright colors lend themselves well to depicting the clothing of the dolls. As I painted my dolls, I drew comfort from touching them, arranging them, tidying their skirts and jackets. It was fun. And perhaps on some level, it was a way to keep me feeling safe during the lockdown. Essentially, I was playing with my dolls." continue to blog


BETYE SAAR MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight

BETYE SAAR: SERIOUS MOONLIGHT

DELMONICO BOOKS/INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MIAMI

ISBN: 9781636810362
USD $55.00
| CAN $75 UK £ 44

Pub Date: 9/20/2022
Active | In stock


Betye Saar: Black Doll Blues

BETYE SAAR: BLACK DOLL BLUES

ROBERTS PROJECTS

ISBN: 9781733664769
USD $60.00
| CAN $82 UK £ 48

Pub Date: 11/1/2022
Active | In stock


Betye Saar: Black Girl’s Window

BETYE SAAR: BLACK GIRL’S WINDOW

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633450769
USD $14.95
| CAN $19.95

Pub Date: 7/23/2019
Active | In stock


Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer

BETYE SAAR: UNEASY DANCER

FONDAZIONE PRADA

ISBN: 9788887029673
USD $55.00
| CAN $72.5

Pub Date: 2/28/2017
Active | In stock