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Title
Sweeping Beauty
Artist
Alison Saar
Date
1997
Dimensions
sheet 75 × 33 inches
Materials
woodcut on paper
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Prints (Edition Prints/Proofs)
Accession Number
1998.96
Edition
5/20
Inscriptions
in pencil front BC “Alison Saar 97”; in pencil front BL “5/20”
Physical Description
an inverted image of a standing woman whose hair is shaped like a broom.A three color woodcut, yellow, red, black
Printer
Toby Michel at Angeles Press
Credit Line
McKnight Acquisition Fund, 1998

object label Alison Saar, Sweeping Beauty (1997) Walker Art Center, 1999

Alison Saar combines urban and contemporary themes with folklore and myth in her work. Sweeping Beauty is derived from a recent sculpture of the same title: “It is a play on the traditional African fly mask, which symbolizes royalty, and the thankless duties of the matriarch,” Saar says. The image of a fertility goddess is depicted upside down in an earthlike cavity, caressing her belly. The allusion to domestic servitude is represented by the figure’s hair sweeping the floor as if it were a broom.

Label text for Alison Saar, Sweeping Beauty (1997), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center