To Catch a Unicorn, by Betye Saar, 1960

Betye Saar To Catch a Unicorn, 1960

Medium: Color etching, Edition 1/20
Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 9 1/2 (42.5 x 24.1 cm)
Credit Line: Collection of the artist; courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. Photo by Ed Glendinning

Betye Saar is a pioneer of both second-wave feminism and the African American avant-garde, well known today for her assemblage works. To Catch a Unicorn, one of her early explorations of the etching technique, reflects the shifting political and cultural landscape of the early 1960s. The unicorn, a symbol of goodness in Western mythology, can be tamed only by a virgin, and Saar portrayed the virgin as an African American woman.

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"To Catch a Unicorn." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.