Editor: Mario Mainetti
Associate Editors: Chiara Costa, Elvira Dyangani Ose
Foreword by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli
Essays by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Richard J. Powell, Deborah Willis, Kellie E. Jones.
Uneasy Dancer brings together over 80 works including installations, assemblages, collages and sculptures by the pioneering Los Angeles artist Betye Saar (born 1926) produced between 1966 and 2016. This handsomely designed volume presents Saar’s work as a copiously illustrated timeline, with numerous documentary images and exhibition details.
“Uneasy Dancer” is an expression Saar has used to define both herself and her artistic practice: “my work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender.” Through her use of found objects, personal memorabilia and derogatory images that evoke denied or distorted narratives, Saar developed a powerful social critique that challenges racial and sexist stereotypes deeply rooted in American culture.
Published by Fondazione Prada, Milan 2016
Format: Softcover / 8.9 x 6.7 inches (22.6 x 17 cm) / 320 pages / 600 illustrations
English Edition with Italian translations of the essays