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Alison Saar: Copacetic

February 4, 2021 - March 27, 2021

Wall of eight linocuts of figures, each performing different tasks, i.e. playing the saxophone, the drums, leaning on a trumpet, dancing with a partner, lighting a cigarette, etc. Warm yellows and blues, splashes of white and red, and strategic shadows create a nostalgic, noir feel.

Alison Saar’s suite of eight multi-block linocuts titled Copacetic, 2019, are printed on handmade Japanese Hamada Kozo paper and hand-inked in a palette of deep reds, blues and yellows. Inspired by the Harlem-125th Street subway station’s wrought ironwork and designs from the African diaspora, Saar pays tribute to the African American artists of the Harlem Renaissance through panoramic scenes of imagined dancers, singers, musicians and patrons enjoying Harlem’s heyday of the 1930-40s.

Alison Saar is a California-based sculptor, mixed-media and installation artist. Her artwork focuses on the African diaspora and Black female identity, and addresses issues of race, gender and spirituality. Saar studied art and art history at Scripps College (Claremont, CA) and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles, CA). Her awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment Fellowships and the United States Artists Fellowship. Saar’s work resides in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). In 2010, her exhibition Alison Saar: Bound for Glory was presented at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Concurrently, Saar’s site-specific sculpture York: Terra Incognita, a tribute to the memory of William Clark’s slave, was dedicated on Lewis & Clark’s campus. She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery (Venice, CA).


Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
Women-owned, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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