Gallery News & Events
18 May through 30 June 2001
Artist reception: 18 May 7 - 9PM
Jan Baum Gallery proudly presents the ninth solo exhibition of the works of Alison Saar in this gallery, tracing the meteoric career of our own aesthetic, historian-poet sculptor.
Alison uses her chainsaw to release the power images of her iconic men and women. Larger than life size and crowned with found objects these figures stride into our consciousness as paradigms of dignity, of royalty, of humanity.
This widely anticipated exhibition of Alison Saar’s sculpture is as varied, inventive and potent as men’s heads strung together on ropes, hanging from the ceiling; generic black men’s heads carved at the end of baseball bats, referencing a pastime as well as an upward journey in society. Ever concerned with African American history slavery, the black experience in America the sculpture, drawings and graphics, never a surprise, are always a wonder.
Alison’s twenty year career is punctuated by countless museum exhibitions and inclusions in prominent, private and museum collections in America. Her sculpture has become part of our landscape, leading each of us to knowledge of history, knowledge of our time, perhaps even the reward of self knowledge.