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Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business
January 28, 2020
Video by Christine Turner
At 93, there’s no stopping when it comes to the legendary artist Betye Saar. A self-proclaimed “recycler,” Ms. Saar has been creating assemblage art for decades. The objects in her work reflect her very personal visions of nature, spirituality and ideas addressing equality and a new kind of African-American representation. By taking a derogatory caricature like Aunt Jemima and outfitting her with weapons, Ms. Saar transforms her into an image of power and certitude. Learn more about her story, in her own words, in the short documentary above.
Daniel Joseph Martinez
An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscape from the OCMA Permanent Collection
Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California
January 11 - October 4, 2020
The group exhibition considers the landscape as inhabited, worked, and experienced through the viewpoints of marginalized people.
Event: Poetry Reading Robin Coste Lewis on Betye Saar: Call and Response
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Poet laureate of Los Angeles Robin Coste Lewis reads a selection of poems inspired by the exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response. She will read from her own works as well as writings by the artist Betye Saar.
Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles and writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. Her poetry debut, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015) was honored with the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry—the first poetry debut to do so since 1975, and the first debut to win in poetry by an African American.
Event: Desperate Times Call for Betye Saar: Liberation Through Found Objects
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
What might look like junk to the ordinary person is magically turned into compelling and memorable works by artist Betye Saar. In the exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response, an ironing board takes on the shape of a slave ship, a cocktail tray becomes a tool for meditation and discovery, and a washboard—inscribed with “Extreme Times call for Extreme Heroines” and paired with a mammy figure holding guns—becomes a call to action.
How Noah Davis Became a Powerful Painter and Museum Founder before His Death at Age 32
By Scott Indrisek for Artsy
January 8, 2020
Noah Davis died at the young age of 32 in 2015, but he’s now remembered as a talented painter, a generous member of the Los Angeles arts community, and the founder of one of the city’s most unconventional institutions.
The Underground Museum—a family-run venue that Davis launched with his wife, Karon Davis, to showcase his own work as well as that of his peers—ended up becoming a wildly singular venue that, via a partnership with Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), was able to present the likes of William Kentridge and Deana Lawson to fresh audiences.
Kehinde Wiley "Rumors of War" Unveiled at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
December 10, 2019
As a direct response to the Confederate statues that line Monument Avenue in Richmond, Kehinde Wiley conceived the idea for Rumors of War when he visited the city in 2016 for the opening of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at VMFA. Rumors of War takes its inspiration from the statue of Confederate Army General James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart created by Frederick Moynihan in 1907. As with the original sculpture, the rider strikes a heroic pose while sitting upon a muscular horse. However, in Wiley’s sculpture, the figure is a young African American dressed in urban streetwear. Proudly mounted on its large stone pedestal, the bronze sculpture commemorates African American youth lost to the social and political battles being waged throughout our nation. Photo: The Washington Post (Steve Helber/AP)
"Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business" included in 2020 Sundance Film Festival
December 10, 2019
Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business / U.S.A. (Director: Christine Turner) will be included in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. At age 93, there's no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar. World Premiere.
Works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival were announced on December 10, 2019, underlining Sundance Institute's commitment to showcasing boldindependent storytelling regardless of form, format or length.
Who Will Rise at Art Basel Miami Beach?
By Kelly Crow for Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2019
Amoako Boafo, a 35-year-old artist from Ghana backed by powerful collectors Don and Mera Rubell, steps into the art fair’s fray.
About a decade ago, Amoako Boafo was working as a pallbearer in his home city of Accra in Ghana, selling portraits for $100 apiece in shows mounted in hotel lobbies. Now, the 35-year-old is being positioned to break out at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.
Kehinde Wiley + Swizz Beatz Conversation
New World Center, Miami Beach
Monday, December 2nd, 6pm
In a special event hosted by Creative Minds Talks, Kehinde Wiley will be joined by producer, philanthropist, and close friend Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean for a conversation about art, philanthropy, and empowerment.
Betye Saar to Receive the 2020 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
Betye Saar will be awarded the twenty-sixth Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst on April 21, 2020. This recognition of the artist, who was born in Los Angeles in 1926 and is still little known in Germany, is highly timely, the jury consisting of Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig; Christophe Cherix, Robert Lehman Foundation chief curator of drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York; and the board members of the association decided. For more than fifty years, Betye Saar has created assemblages from a wide variety of found objects, which she combines with drawing, prints, painting, and photography.
Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window
Museum of Modern Art, New York
October 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020
After nearly a decade of focused work in printmaking, artist Betye Saar created her autobiographical assemblage Black Girl’s Window in 1969. This exhibition explores the relation between her experimental print practice and the new artistic language debuted in that famous work, tracing themes of family, history, and mysticism, which have been at the core of Saar’s work from its earliest days. Celebrating the recent acquisition of 42 rare, early works on paper, this is the first dedicated examination of Saar’s work as printmaker.
Critic's Pick: Betye Saar at MoMA: Prelude to a Revolutionary Breakthrough
By Jillian Steinhauer for New York Times
October 17, 2019
In 1969, Betye Saar made an artwork that would prove pivotal in her career. Taking an old window frame, she filled its 10 sections with a constellation of images. Across the top three panels, she placed colorful printed moons and stars, evoking the night sky. In each of the six squares that follow she set symbolic figures, including an eagle bearing a shield with the word “love,” a map of a human head according to the pseudoscience phrenology, and a pair of skeletons, one white and one black. Below these, in the bottom half of the window, Ms. Saar painted the silhouette of a black girl, her eyes made from lenticular lenses and her hands — marked with astrological signs — pressed against the glass.
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley
Musée National du Château de Malmaison
October 9, 2019 – January 6, 2020
Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005), a hallmark of Brooklyn Museum's collection, comes face to face with the nineteenth-century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1801). The unprecedented pairing of these two magisterial portraits, in the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, also marks the first time David’s original version of Napoleon Crossing the Alps will be on view in New York at Brooklyn Museum, January 24 – May 10, 2020. Seen together, the works by David and Wiley reveal how race, masculinity, power, and representation layer onto portraiture and shape the writing of history.
Jeffrey Gibson 2019 MacArthur Fellow
Roberts Projects congratulates Jeffrey Gibson who is a recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Jeffrey Gibson's work melds indigenous North American materials and forms with those of Western contemporary art to create a new hybrid visual vocabulary and prompting a shift in how Native American art is perceived and historicized.
Review: Betye Saar turns an ironing board into the story of American racism. LACMA shows how
By Christopher Knight for Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2019
In size, “Betye Saar: Call and Response” is a modest show. Just 18 sculptures and collages, plus a selection of sketches, are tucked into a single small gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Resnick Pavilion. The focus is on objects made in the last 25 years of a prolific career that was launched six decades ago.
Betye Saar: Call and Response
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
September 22, 2019 - April 5, 2020
Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, which Saar has made throughout her career, and finished works.
Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit
By Holland Cotter for the New York Times
September 15, 2019
At 93, with major attention finally coming her way, an artist central to the black women’s revolution says she’s waited long enough.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Participating in Where Art Might Happen
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
August 30 - November 10, 2019
Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts focuses on the first ten years of the art school and for the first time brings together the school’s teaching concepts and the artistic practices that developed out of them in a group exhibition.
Black Rock Senegal Announces First Year of Artists-in-Residence
Black Rock Senegal announces the official selection of artists for the inaugural year of its artist-in-residence program developed by Kehinde Wiley.
New Publication Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis
Published for the artist's solo exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (October 19, 2018 - February 10, 2019), this new series of paintings by Brooklyn-based painter Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) re-envisions the museum's holdings as a starting point for succinct observations about representation throughout the history of art.
Jeffrey Gibson in Whitney Biennial 2019
May 17 - September 22, 2019
Roberts Projects congratulates Jeffrey Gibson on his participation in this year's Whitney Biennial.
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
June 8 - September 15, 2019
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer showcases the artist’s highly acclaimed multi-disciplinary work and chronicles a pivotal moment in the artist’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage.
Amoako Boafo Receives the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International
Roberts Projects congratulates Amoako Boafo on receiving the top honor of the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International.
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Blanton Museum of Art, Austion, Texas
July 14 - September 29, 2019
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is a vibrant, celebratory exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender.
LACMA Announces 2019 Art+Film Gala Honoring Betye Saar
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will honor artist Betye Saar and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.
Kehinde Wiley Honored with The Gordon Parks Foundation Award
June 4, 2019
The award celebrates Gordon Parks’ legacy and honors those who continue Park’s vision for social change through their work in the arts and humanitarianism.
In the Studio: Betye Saar
By Leah Ollman for Art in America
Betye Saar, who turns 93 in July, remains both an evolving and an emerging artist. She professes to want to work less hard, “to sit and look at the sky, or watch my garden grow, but still I have ideas.” Though her prints, assemblages, and installations have been exhibited steadily since the ’60s, attention to her work has burgeoned in the past decade, among artists of younger generations and curators internationally.
Betye Saar Honored at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
June 1, 2019
The benefit event recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to the canon of art history.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship
May 1, 2019
Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers come from a great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments.
Betye Saar Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
The Broad, Los Angeles
March 23 – September 1, 2019
Roberts Projects is pleased to announce Betye Saar’s participation in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at The Broad, Los Angeles. The exhibition shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history.
Egan Frantz Paintings
NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
March 17 – May 5, 2019
NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is pleased to present new paintings by Egan Frantz. The exhibition, entitled Paintings, will run from March 17 through May 5, 2019. Egan Frantz’s oeuvre encompasses an extensive variety of media including sculpture, installation, furniture design, and printed matter in addition to the traditional painted canvas or variations on that format.
Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect
New Museum, New York, NY
February 13 - June 9, 2019
Jeffrey Gibson's exhibition at the New Museum explores the material histories and futures of several Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics.
Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis
Saint Louis Art Museum
October 19, 2018 – February 10, 2019
The new series of paintings re-envisions the museum’s holdings of masterpieces as a starting point for succinct observations about representation throughout the history of art.
Betye Saar Archive Acquired by Getty Research Institute
Roberts Projects is pleased to announce the Getty Research Institute (GRI) has acquired the archive of Betye Saar (American, b. 1926) as part of GRI’s new African American Art History Initiative.
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, New York
September 8 – December 8, 2018
The exhibition features over 50 works of sculpture, painting, installation, and video made between 2014 and 2018, a number of which were made expressly for this exhibition.
Ed Templeton Participating in Now & Then: A Decade of Beautiful Losers
The Hole, New York
August 24 – September 1, 2018
The exhibition venerates the 10-year anniversary of the ‘Beautiful Losers’ documentary that made its US premiere on August 8, 2008 at the IFC center in New York.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Honored with Career Achievement Award
Daniel Joseph Martinez for receiving the Career Achievement Award honoring brilliance and resilience in conjunction with the Hammer Museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. 2018.
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
Denver Art Museum
May 13 – August 12, 2018
Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer, the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work, chronicles a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage.
Betye Saar Receives Lifetime Achievement Awards from International Sculpture Center and Skowhegan
Established in 1991, the award recognizes individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field.
Kehinde Wiley Named to the 2018 TIME 100 Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World
Roberts Projects is pleased to announce TIME named Kehinde Wiley to the 2018 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Unveils Official Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley
Roberts Projects is pleased to announce the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Roberts & Tilton Announces Name Change to Roberts Projects
Julie and Bennett Roberts announce, as of January 1, 2018, Roberts & Tilton is now known as Roberts Projects.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
June 17 – September 10, 2017
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic features sixty paintings and sculptures from the artist’s prolific career.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Participating in HOME So Different, So Appealing
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
June 11 – October 15, 2017
The exhibition features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who have used the deceptively simple idea of “home” as a powerful lens through which to view the profound socioeconomic and political transformations in the hemisphere.
Kehinde Wiley Receives Honorary Doctorate from RISD
June 3, 2017
Kehinde Wiley received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. As a descendant of a long line of classical portrait painters, Kehinde Wiley uses the visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and sublime in his representations of contemporary urban people of color. (Image: Kehinde Wiley; photo Tony Powell, courtesy of Art in Embassies, US Department of State.)
Betye Saar: Keepin’ It at Clean
Craft & Folk Art Museum Los Angeles
May 28 – August 20, 2017
The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, a solo presentation of the seminal contemporary artist’s washboard assemblage sculptures, which she began in the late 1990s and continues to make to this day. Born in 1926, Saar is a prolific artist and iconic figure of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, whose complex assemblage sculptures address race, memory, and Black consciousness.
Zhao Zhao Now Represented by Roberts & Tilton
May 2, 2017
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce representation of Chinese artist Zhao Zhao, emblematic for his practice addressing overlapping social, political, and aesthetic actions in a world undergoing unprecedented upheaval. Born from the artist’s circumstances of change, Zhao Zhao’s work complicates notions of aestheticizing disruption, based on whether control is a reliable way to mediate social interaction and how meaningful dialogue is introduced around spheres of conflict.
Betye Saar Participating in "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85"
April 21 – September 17, 2017
Betye Saar is participating in the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. Focusing on the work of black women artists, the exhibition examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.
Eberhard Havekost: Logik
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
April 6 - July 2, 2017
Galerie Rudolfinum Prague presents an exhibition of the German artist Eberhard Havekost, one of the leading representatives of the new generation of painters, who works with digital visual language.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Receives Cisneros Fontanals Achievement Award
March 22, 2017
Roberts & Tilton congratulates Daniel Joseph Martinez, recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s 2017 Achievement Award. The highly coveted award recognizes significant contributions by established artists representing the highest standards of creative excellence. A survey of Martinez’s work, including a newly commissioned installation, will open in September 2017 at the CIFO Art Center, Miami.
Jeffrey Gibson ALIVE!
February 25 – April 30, 2017
Desert X focuses attention on and creates conversation about 21st-century environmental, social, and cultural conditions as reflected in the greater Palm Springs area. Consisting of a decommissioned blade from a wind turbine rising out of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s sculpture garden, Jeffrey Gibson’s ALIVE! is 52 feet tall and painted to contain the phrases “I AM ALIVE!”, “YOU ARE ALIVE!”, “THEY ARE ALIVE!” and “WE ARE LIVING!”.
Jeffrey Gibson Now Represented by Roberts & Tilton
February 15, 2017
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce its representation of Jeffrey Gibson. Drawing influence from popular music, fashion, literature, cultural and critical theory, and his own individual heritage, Gibson’s work recontextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and the assimilation of modernist artistic strategies within contemporary art. The artist’s debut exhibition with Roberts & Tilton will open in Fall 2017.
Michael Dopp Organizes Grey Goo Gardens
September 23 – December 4, 2016
Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce Michael Dopp’s organization of “Grey Goo Gardens” an exhibition conceived as Arturo Bandini’s year-long installation at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX. Arturo Bandini is a collaborative project by Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff. The installation at Ballroom Marfa occupies a small building designed by Joakim Dahlqvist that fluidly transposes interior and exterior space, mirroring the duo’s promiscuous curatorial sensibility.
Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
Fondazione Prada Milan
September 15, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Fondazione Prada presents “Uneasy Dancer”, a comprehensive survey of work by Betye Saar (Los Angeles, 1926). This exhibition, hosted at the Nord Gallery, opens to the public from 15 September 2016 through 8 January 2017. Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, “Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer” is the first exhibition of the American artist in Italy, and brings together over 80 works including installations, assemblages, collages and sculpture produced between 1966 and 2016.
Daniel Joseph Martinez Awarded Berlin Prize
July 1, 2016
Daniel Joseph Martinez has been awarded the Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin. The highly coveted prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from America who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Berlin Fellowship will focus on an interrogation of war and architecture, contemplating the disappearance of Western civilization in an age of intelligent machines.
Kori Newkirk Lecture
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
June 16, 2016
Los Angeles-based artist Kori Newkirk discusses his Modified Cadillac (Prototype #2) (1997), on view now in the exhibition Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA. Mining the symbolism of prototype and stereotype, the work-a silhouette of a late 1970s or early 1980s Cadillac made by applying hair pomade and black pigment directly to the gallery wall-engages with the formal properties of its materials, the politics of identity, and Newkirk’s own personal history.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
June 11 – September 5, 2016
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of this artist’s prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures. Wiley’s work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture.
Betye Saar LA Times Studio Tour
May 3, 2016
Just three months shy of her 90th birthday, Los Angeles artist Betye Saar gives a tour of her studio and explains what keeps her inspired.
Daniel Joseph Martinez in Wasteland
Mona Bismarck American Center, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
March 12 – July 17, 2016
Daniel Joseph Martinez’s is participating in Wasteland, a group exhibition curated by LAND ’s Director and Curator, Shamim M. Momin. Drawing on T.S. Eliot’s seminal modernist poem, The Waste Land, as the thematic thread between the 14 participating artists, the exhibition presents a reflexive, complex, multi-dimensional conversation about the poetics of despair, the search for true connection, the tenuous state of morality, and the uncertainty, yet necessity, of the future.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Seattle Art Museum
February 11 – May 8, 2016
Kehinde Wiley is one of the leading American artists to emerge in the last decade and he has been ingeniously reworking the grand portraiture traditions.
Betye Saar: Still Tickin’
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
January 30 – May 1, 2016
There is a touch of alchemy to Betye Saar’s artwork: transforming the simple and mundane into powerful art. Since the 1960s, her compelling, astute and expressive works reflect on African- American identity, spirituality and the interconnectedness between different cultures. This timely retrospective brings together recent work as well as historical pieces created over her six decade long career.
Betye Saar Participating in A Constellation
The Studio Museum Harlem
November 12, 2015 – March 6, 2016
A Constellation traces connections among twenty-six artists of African descent: eight who emerged in the mid- to late twentieth century, and who are represented in the exhibition by works from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, and eighteen younger artists whose works are being shown at the Studio Museum for the first time.
Kehinde Wiley CBS News Sunday Morning Profile
November 1, 2015
CBS News senior correspondent Rita Braver profiles Kehinde Wiley and visits the artist’s traveling retrospective exhibition “A New Republic.” “If you look at the paintings that I love in art history, these are the paintings where great, powerful men are being celebrated on the big walls of museums throughout the world,” said Kehinde Wiley. “What feels really strange is not to be able to see a reflection of myself in that world.”
Ed Templeton Common Side Effects
Huntington Beach Art Center
September 11 – November 7, 2015
Ed Templeton (born 1972) is an iconic figure in the subculture of skateboarding. His paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from the skate community he is a part of and the suburban environment in which he lives.