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Collection Online as of March 3, 2024

Kiss on a Rope

Kiss on a Rope

(American, b. 1956)
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Sheet: 130.6 x 59.8 cm (51 7/16 x 23 9/16 in.); Image: 130.6 x 59.8 cm (51 7/16 x 23 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view


Saar, a sculptor who carves wood, also chisels flat boards to make prints. Like her three-dimensional works, Kiss on a Rope has a handmade look-an expressive roughness. The image could describe an affectionate moment between two individuals, but the disembodied heads also recall the history of violence against African Americans, in particular lynchings. The child of a racially mixed couple, the artist interpreted the two heads as representing a psychological severing from the body, much like the isolation felt by a couple during a passionate kiss.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (1/26/2014 - 5/18/2014); "Our Stories: African American Prints and Drawings"
  • {{cite web|title=Kiss on a Rope|url=false|author=Alison Saar, Blumenfed Fine Art|year=2001|access-date=03 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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