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

Private Collection

All Images © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/ARS, NY

   

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of 40 works by Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) from the 1950s to the 1980s, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The exhibition will include drawings, works on paper and mixed media constructions by one of the 20th century's most enigmatic and inventive artists.

    Featured in the exhibition will be several emblematic works from Steinberg's retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1978, and from Steinberg Illuminations, at the Morgan Library & Museum in 2006. The drawing Dancing Couple, 1965, depicts a precisely rendered man dancing with a stick figured, comic woman. The autobiographical drawing, Album, 1953 and 1968, replete with emblematic Steinberg imagery—a “fake” letter, photo and passport—was the cover of the Whitney Museum retrospective catalog. 

     The exhibition will include many early drawings from the 1950s and 1960s that were reproduced in the Steinberg books All in LineThe Art of LivingThe PassportThe LabyrinthThe New World, Le Masque, and The Inspector, as well as The New Yorker. The early, masterful drawing Drugstore, 1946 that was reproduced in Steinberg’s book The Art of Living depicts old New York, with a crowded luncheonette counter and a pharmacy teeming withactivity in a dazzling perspectival display. 

    Also included in the exhibition is the drawing Allegory, 1963  that was exhibited in the Whitney and Morgan retrospectives, where “virtually every detail invites one-to-one symbolic translation and gendering a sense of familiarity that feels like understanding. A stork is birth; a skeleton death; Uncle Sam climbing Jacob’s ladder is some kind of progress. Art finds her ideal subject in the mirror, while Reason (a Pythagorean diagram) is caressed by voluptuous Beauty…”1  Any connection among the symbols of Allegory becomes illusory. Steinberg said of his art, “what I am playing with is the voyage between perception and understanding.”2  

    Double Still Life, 1981, the cover drawing for Steinberg’s exhibition Still Life and Architecture, is a seemingly straightforward still life drawing with some of the artist’s prized objects: a Delft vase, toy tin alligator, Japanese postcard, a studio clock, etc. Tacked to the wall is a drawing within this drawing containing a complex visual puzzle of interwoven symbols—pen and inkwell, decanter, loaf of bread with knife and a burning candle.  

    Several of Steinberg’s colored postcard landscapes will be exhibited: Art and Artist, 1996, Mombasa, 1969, and Four Sunsets, 1971, as well as the “fake” document drawings Diploma, 1950, and Document, c.1959, filled with artist-made rubber stamps and seals, and imaginary calligraphy.  

1 Joel Smith, “Saul Steinberg Illuminations,” p. 156.

2 Joel Smith, “Saul Steinberg Illuminations,” p. 156.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Album, 1963 and 1968
Ink, watercolor and rubber stamp on paper
18 3/4" x 22"
Cover of Saul Steinberg Retrospective Catalog, Whitney Museum of American Art

Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Allegory, 1963
Ink, watercolor on paper
22 ¼” x 28 ¾”
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Exhibited: Saul Steinberg (traveling retrospective), Whitney Museum 1978;
Saul Steinberg Illuminations (traveling retrospective) J.P. Morgan Library 2006.
Illustrated in both catalogs.
Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Mesa), 1965
Ink, crayon, colored pencil, hand stamp, watercolor on paper
14" x 23"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg, Le Masque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airmail Table, 1972
Mixed media collage on panel
20" x 26"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drugstore, 1946
Ink on paper
24" x 18"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg, The Art of Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metro, 1951
Pen and ink, gouache and collage on paper
15" x 22"
Exhibited: Saul Steinberg (traveling retrospective), Whitney Museum 1978

Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railway, 1952
Ink, crayon, and pencil on paper
14 1/2" x 19 7/8" 
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg The Passport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma, c. 1950
ink on paper
14" x 23"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1962
ink on paper
14" x 23"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg The New World; The New Yorker Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guitaress, 1954
Ink and crayon
20" x 13"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled, 1961
Ink on Paper
14" x 22"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg The New World; The New Yorker Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document, 1970
Ink, rubber stamp on paper
27 1/2" x 33 1/5"
Exhibited Saul Steinberg Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg, France

Reproduced in Strasbourg catalogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art and Artists, 1966
Watercolor and pen on paper
16 1/8" x 23"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indians, 1964
Ink and colored pencil on paper
18 1/5" x 24 4/5"
Exhibited Saul Steinberg Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg, France

Reproduced in Strasbourg catalogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Woman TV), 1966
Ink, colored pencil on paper
16" x 23 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa, 1969
Ink, watercolor, rubber stamps on paper
22 1/8” x 28”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Federal Projects, 1981
Ink, watercolor, rubber stamps on paper
29" x 22"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Four Sunsets, 1971
Oil, watercolor, and stamps on paper
20" X 30"
Provenance: Betty Parsons Gallery, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Turkish Studio, 1953 
Crayon, ink and watercolor on paper
14" x 11"
Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Sunset #16, 1971
Ink and watercolor on paper
30" x 20"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Car), 1952
Ink on paper
13" x 23"
Reproduced in A.J. Liebling Second City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Landscape, 1964
Ink, graphite, colored pencil on paper
9 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg's Le Masque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etiquette, 1965
Ink on paper
4 1/3" x 6""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled, 1967 
Ink, artist's stamps and seals on paper
20" x 26"
Provenance: B. C. Holland Gallery, Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Paris cafe), 1959
ink on paper
11 1/2" x 14 1/2"
Reproduced in The New Yorker Magazine 8/29/1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kunming, 1959
ink on paper
7 3/4” x 9 7/8”
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Flower Pot, c. 1960
Pen And Ink on Paper
10 1/2" x 10 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Couple, 1952 
Ink, graphite on paper
13 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg's The Labyrinth

 

 

 

 

La Traviata, c. 1955
Graphite, ink on sheet music
13" x 10"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Valentine's Day Massacre, 1952 
Reproduced in A.J. Liebling Second City
Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

St Valentine's Day Massacre, 1952 (Verso)
Reproduced in A.J. Liebling Second City

Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utopia III, 1967
Pen, ink and stamps on paper
19¾" x 25½"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled, 1969
Ink, stamps, colored pencil on paper
14 1/2" x 23"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (document), c.1959
mixed media
12" x 8 3/4"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (paper money), 1962
ink, seals on paper
Each approx. 3" x 6"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Bag Man Mask), 1962
Colored chalk, crayon on paper
18" x 12"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Arch), c. 1950
Ink on paper
14 3/4" x 11 3/4"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Portrait of Sigrid), c. 1965 
Colored pencil, crayon on paper
17 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg's Le Masque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Bird), 1981
Colored pencil on paper
11" x 14"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Puddy, 1964
graphite, colored pencil on paper
6" x 8 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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