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Alison Saar: Exalting Ambiguity
by John O’Brien

Cache, 2006. Wood, ceiling tin, and wire, 28 x 26 x 90 in. Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy la Louver, Venice, CA.

Alison Saar’s sculpture not only functions as art, it also speaks to issues that go beyond the purely sculptural. Often described, even by herself, as being caught between different worlds, racially, artistically, and poetically, Saar has crafted from her multiplicity of origins a figural and narrative art form that exalts ambiguity as a significant component of how images and objects come to mean more than one thing to the viewer.

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