Project Description

Past Exhibition

June 5 – August 8, 2021

Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

750 University Avenue • Madison, WI 53706

Past Exhibition

June 5 - August 8, 2021

Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

750 University Avenue • Madison, WI 53706

The exhibition “Mirror Mirror” reflects the vast body of prints created by Alison Saar over the past 35 years.

Addressing issues of race, gender and spirituality, her lithographs, etchings and woodblock prints are evocations of her sculptures, for which she is renowned. Her sculptures often depict powerful figures carved from wood or cast in bronze, that are articulated with found objects – material artifacts that enrich the work with a narrative all their own. As a practice maintained in connection to and in tandem with her sculpture making, Saar undertakes printmaking with the same tangible approach to unconventional materials and methods. Cast off objects like old chair backs and found ceiling tin become the foundations for etching or lithography plates. Carved wooden panels used for wood block prints echo similar techniques established in her hewn wooden forms. In addition to printing on paper, Saar also employs a variety of used fabrics like vintage handkerchiefs, old shop rags and antique sugar sacks that are layered, cut, sewn and collaged – empowering the content of the image while resisting the flat repetitive nature of the medium.

Past Exhibitions

2019

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #305100 • Denton, Texas 76201

March 8 - May 11, 2019

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center

5079 W Northgate Rd. • Rogers, AR 72758

May 28 - October 6, 2019

Weatherspoon Art Museum

500 Tate St • Greensboro, NC 27412

November 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020

2020

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College

251 E 11th St • Claremont, CA 91711

August 29 - December 6, 2020

Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St • Toledo, OH 43620

June 23 - July 26, 2020

2021
UMass Amherst

151 Presidents Drive • Amherst, MA 01003

February 4 - May 1, 2021

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