Saturday, November 7, 2020

Alison Saar on Transforming Outrage Into Art

By Jori Finkel
Alison Saar’s “Imbue,” 2020, a public sculpture at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., that evokes the Yoruba goddess Yemoja. Nolwen Cifuentes for The New York Times
Alison Saar likes to make sculptures of strong Black women standing their ground: broad shoulders, wide stance, unmovable in their convictions. And now Ms. Saar, 64, has a new public sculpture on the Pomona College campus, commissioned by the Benton Museum of Art there: “Imbue,” a 12-foot-tall bronze evoking the Yoruba goddess Yemoja. “Imbue” accompanies her biggest museum survey yet, “Of Aether and Earthe,” which will be held in two venues: the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, which plans to open its section in January. [More
Ms. Saar at the Benton Museum of Art in California, where one section of her show “Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe” is ready to open when the state’s coronavirus guidelines allow. Nolwen Cifuentes for The New York Times