SAUL STEINBERG

WORKS FROM THE 50's-80's

NOVEMBER 28 - FEBRUARY 10, 2007

All images © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/ ARS/NY

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of 40 works by Saul Steinberg from the early 1950's to the late 1980's. The exhibition includes drawings, works on paper and mixed media constructions by one of the 20th century's most enigmatic and inventive artists.


Included will be several emblematic works from Steinberg's previous retrospective in 1978 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among them are "Dancing Couple," 1965, showing a precisely rendered man dancing with a stick-figured woman, as well as "Albergo Minerva," 1965, a bed engulfed by tight concentric circles and Steinberg's purposefully indecipherable calligraphy. "Metro", 1951, is a drawing of a Paris train station teeming with Steinberg's characters, classic architecture and signs, and multiple views that capture the artist's compositional audacity.

The exhibition will feature "Rodozachari Table," 1981, a large mixed media table assemblage that incorporates the tools of Steinberg's art: whittled wooden pencils, paint brushes, and drawing pads, as well as his speech balloons, rubber stamps, assorted themes, symbols, and obsessions, "his "erotica," as he likes to call them." Harold Rosenberg said "They are extensions of himself...Once again, Steinberg presents a fabrication that stands for him but also hides him. The tables continue his autobiography in personal terms that betray no secrets." 1

Another highlight of the exhibition will be one of Saul Steinberg's original sketchbooks - it is a fascinating look into the artist's thought process and decision making in refining his imagery.
The exhibition will include many early drawings from the 1950's and 1960's reproduced in the Steinberg books The New World, All in Line, The Passport, The Labyrinth, The Inspector, Le Masque. Also, exhibited will be drawings that were used for cover illustrations for Steinberg's book The Catalogue, (1962), his exhibition Still Life and Architecture, (1982), and E.L. Doctorow's Creationists, (2006), as well as drawings such as "The Dream of E" (1963) and "I Do, I Have, I Am," (1971), variants of New Yorker cover designs.

The retrospective exhibition, Saul Steinberg Illuminations, will be held at The Morgan Library & Museum starting on November 30, 2006, and the exhibition A City On Paper: Saul Steinberg's New York, at The Museum of the City of New York both curated by Joel Smith, open on November 30 and December 1, 2006 respectively.

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00-5:30 P.M. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at www.adambaumgoldgallery.com. The gallery will be closed from December 23 through January 1, 2007.
For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at abaumgold@aol.com or (212)861-7338.

1. Harold Rosenberg, "Saul Steinberg," Alfred A. Knopf

Read the review by Roberta Smith in Friday, February 9th's New York Times

"Rodozachari Table," 1981
Mixed media wood construction
30" x 72" x 30"
Exhibited: Saul Steinberg, Wadington Galleries, London 1983

"Rodozachari Table" (detail)

"Rodozachari Table" (detail)

"Rodozachari Table" (detail)


"Sun Pistachio Column," 1981
Mixed media wood construction
30" high

"Dancing Couple," 1965
Graphite and colored crayon on paper; 20" x 15"
Exhibited: Saul Steinberg Retrospective, Whitney Museum, 1978

"Double Still Life," 1979
Colored pencil on paper
21 1/2" x 29 1/2"
Cover Illustration of
Saul Steinberg: Still Life and Architecture, 1982

 

"Albergo Minerva ," 1965
Ink, watercolor on paper
22 1/2" x 28 3/4"
Exhibited in the Saul Steinberg Retrospective
Whitney Museum of Art, 1978
Illustrated in catalog, page 128

"Drug Store," 1945
Ink on paper
24" x 18"
Illustrated: Saul Steinberg, "The Art of Living"

"Cowgirls," 1950
Ink, watercolor on paper
14 1/2" x 23"

Reverse of "Cowgirls"
Ink on paper
14 1/2" x 23 1/2"

"Southern California," 1953
Ink, watercolor on paper
14 1/2" x 23"

"The Dream of E," 1963
Ink, watercolor on paper
14" x 11"
Variant New Yorker cover

 

"I Do, I Have, I Am," 1971
Ink, watercolor on paper
14 1/4" x 11 1/4"
Variant New Yorker cover

 

Untitled, 1972
Watercolor, mixed media, wood construction
31" x 23"
Gallerie Maeght exhibition poster

Untitled (Speech Balloon), c. 1970
Ink, mixed media on wood
2 5/8" x 24" x 1 3/8"

"Metro," 1951
Pen and ink, gouache and collage on paper
15" x 22"
Exhibited in the Saul Steinberg Retrospective
Whitney Museum of Art, 1978
Illustrated in catalog, page 50

"Cityscape ," 1970
Rubber stamp, ink and wash on paper
28 1/2" x 22 3/4"
Cover illustration, E. L. Doctorow's "The Creationists," 2006

Saul Steinberg sketchbook, 1983
70 page spiral notebook
8 1/2" x 11"
The sketchbook and a complete facsimile of the entire book will be on view during the exhibition

 

"Night Highway and Gas Station,", 1954
Pen and brush with ink and colored pencils on paper
14 1/2" x 23"

 

"Seattle Projects," 1981
Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, collage on paper
22" x 30"

Illustrated in Saul Steinberg, Still Life and Architecture, 1982

"View of the World from 9th Avenue," 1981
Ink marker and colored pencils on paper
14" x 11"

 

"Steinberg Drawing Table," 1971
Mixed media on wood
19 3/4" x 23 7/8"

 

Untitled (Girl, Apple, Flower, Vase), 1953
Ink, wash, crayon, collage on paper
14 1/2" x 23"

 

"Long Island Duck, on Highway,", 1979
Colored and graphite pencils on paper
8 1/2" x 11"

 

"Military Officer and Woman," 1973
Charcoal and colored pencils on paper
11" x14 "

 

"The Declaration of Independence," 1949
Ink on paper
14 1/2" x 22 3/4"

"Diploma," c. 1952
Ink and collage, rubber stamps
14 1/2" x 23"

"Four Postcards and Two Views," 1974
Watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on paper
19" x 28 1/2"
Exhibited Saul Steinberg retrospective, Whitney Museum, 1978

 

"Federal Projects," 1981
Watercolor, colored pencil, ink, rubber stamp on paper
30" x 22"
Exhibited Saul Steinberg: Still Life and Architecture

Postcards, 1970
Acrylic, ink, and ink stamps on paper
31" x 40"

Untitled (Shoot out), 1949
Ink on paper
14 1/2" x 23"Illustrated, Saul Steinberg, "The Passport"

 

"The Inspector," 1973
Watercolor, rubber stamps and pencil on paper
9 3/4" x 21 3/4"
Cover of Saul Steinberg's The Inspector

"Man Carrying Question Marks,", 1965
Pen and ink with pencil on paper
12" x 8 1/8"

"Cube on Table," 1961
Pen and ink with pencil on paper
14 1/2" x 11"

"Woman with a Question," 1966
Ink on paper
18 1/4" x 23"

"Untitled," 1980
Ink, watercolor, rubber stamps on paper
23" x 14"

Untitled, 1961
Ink, watercolor on paper
Cover illustration for Saul Steinberg: The Catalog

 

The Violin Lesson, 1984
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
10 1/2" x 14"

Untitled (Grosvenor Hotel), c. 1952
Ink on paper
16" x 12"

"Shadow Couple," 1952
Pen-and-ink with pencil on paper
13 1/2" x 10 1/4"

"Certified Landscape," 1969
Rubber stamps and pencil on paper
14 3/4" x 10 3/4"

Untitled (Snakecharmer), c. 1948-50
Ink on paper
8 3/4" x 7"

Untitled (Flagbearer), c. 1948-50
Ink on paper
10" x 7 1/2"

 

Untitled, c. 1950
Ink on paper
11 1/2" x 11"

 

"Eagle," 1988
Ink, crayon on paper
11" x 14"

Untitled (Arch), c. 1945
Ink on paper
14 3/4" x 11 3/4"

Untitled (Arch), c. 1945
Ink on paper
14 3/4" x 11 3/4"

Untitled (Bed Geometry), c. 1961
Pencil on paper
8 1/2" x 11"

Untitled, 1950
Ink on photograph
9" x 7"
Reproduced: Flair Magazine, March 1950

 

Untitled (Mozart), c. 1961
Colored pencil, crayon on paper plate
6 3/4" diameter

Untitled (Birds), 1961
Ink, colored pencil on paper
8 1/2" x 11"

Untitled (Mask), 1963
Ink, chalk, crayon on paper
13" x 8"

Untitled (Woman),c. 1963
Ink, watercolor on paper
16" x 12"

Untitled (Woman, Aug. 9, 1962), 1962
Graphite, colored crayon on paper
9 1/2" x 7 1/4"

"Brush Artist II," 1969
Ink, gouache, crayon, and rubber stamp on paper
18" x 24"
Prov: Sidney Janis Gallery, NY

Untitled (Baseball Players), 1954
Ink, crayon on paper
14" x 17"

Untitled (Mice), 1952
Ink on paper
Each sheet 4" x 6"

 

Press:
The New Times February, 2007
The New York Sun February 22, 2004
The New Yorker January 22, 2004
The New York Times November 30, 2003
The New Yorker November 22, 1999
The New York Times December 26, 1997