Wednesday, September 4, 2019

“It’s About Time!’ Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit

By Holland Cotter
“Black Girl’s Window” (1969) by Betye Saar at MOMA

LOS ANGELES — I ask the artist Betye Saar, who is 93 and set to open concurrent solo shows this fall at two major museums — the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — if she has any theories as to why big-ticket attention is finally coming her way. She skips mentioning the obvious factors: She’s a woman; she’s black; she’s lived her whole life on what she calls “the other side of the planet” (Southern California). “Because it’s about time!” she says. “I’ve had to wait till I’m practically 100.”[More]