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Alison Saar's sculptures and installations are inspired by African spirituality.

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Alison Saar was born in 1956 to Betye Saar, a well-known African American artist, and to Richard Saar, an art conservationist. Her parents, who inspired her to become a sculptor, also taught her about different art materials and techniques. Saar studied art and art history at Scripps College in California and received her Master's in Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1981. She also studied African, Latin American, and Caribbean art and religion, which gave her art a multicultural approach. In the 1980s, Saar began making sculptures and room installations that focused on the theme of cultures of the African diaspora. Chief among t hese works is "Love Potion No. 9." Saar today continues to explore spiritual themes in her work and to exhibit in museums, including The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Related Artists:
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Love Potion No. 9 (1988)
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