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Alison Saar, American, b. 1956
Rise, 2020
Ink on paper
8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.59 x 27.94 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Linoleum and Letterpress
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Scripps College, Purchase, Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art
Accession Number: 2020.4.1


Commentary
On July 8, 2020 L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice sent out an email to its mailing list introducing a new print by Alison Saar entitled Rise. The linoleum print depicts a Black woman in a palette of ochre, white, and black holding up a fist in protest. She is determined, powerful, divine even – a quality suggested by the chisel marks that radiate outward from her head like a halo. L.A. Louver, which has represented Saar’s work since 2006, announced that all proceeds from the sale of the 100-print series would be donated by Saar, the gallery, and Leslie Ross-Robertson to local Los Angeles community organizations: Dignity and Power Now (DPN), Summaeverythang Community Center, and Crenshaw Dairy Mart. The print sold out in less than a day, raising $25,000 to support these local Los Angeles community organizations.

Saar was delighted by the response. “I wanted to do something for the Black Lives Matter movement and to help local organizations at this critical time,” explains Saar, “and what I can do is make art.”

Meher McArthur, Gabrielle-Jungels Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Marks
Signed, editioned, and dated on recto.

Medium
2 pass linoleum on letterpress
Printed on Crane Lettra Pearl/white 110 lb

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