Work of Acclaimed Sculptor on Display in Tuttle Gallery

The work of Alison Saar, an internationally acclaimed sculptor whose narrative, often life-sized works are poignant explorations of her personal and cultural identity, is on display in the Tuttle Gallery through Friday, April 30. The exhibit, Alison Saar: Bound for Glory, on loan from the L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California and is free and open to the public.

Saar is a significant sculptor who has achieved broad recognition for her studio and public art throughout the country. Her work is held in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and our own Baltimore Museum of Art. She has major public works in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago and has received numerous prestigious awards.

“Informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond, and by her mixed racial upbringing, Alison Saar fuses her paradoxical responses to the black-and-white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful, visual, and kinesthetic tensions,” says Meg Linton, Curator, Otis Ben Maltz Gallery. “She uses the history and associations of her materials, everyday experiences, African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the stark sculptural traditions of German Expressionism to infuse her work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historical references and stereotypes.”

Dr. Lowery Sims, Curator at the Museum of Art and Design, in New York says of Saar, “Her special gift lies in her ability to translate the personal and the culturally specific in such a way that it embodies concerns that not only transcend race but also gender.”

Saar, whose work is also described as “sensual and buoyant with story,” will be at a Gallery Reception on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Tuttle Gallery is located on the top floor of the Edward St. John Student Center, McDonogh School. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Friday, April 3.

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