GEORGE GROSZ

SAUL STEINBERG

JIM NUTT

September 23 - October 30, 2010

40 East 75th Street

SAUL STEINBERG : "Turkish Studio," 1953: Crayon, ink and watercolor on paper: 14" x 11"
All Steinberg images ©The Saul Steinberg Foundation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GEORGE GROSZ, SAUL STEINBERG, JIM NUTT

September 23 - October 30, 2010

..........Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by George Grosz (1893 - 1959), Saul Steinberg (1914 - 1999) and Jim Nutt (b.1938) from September 23 through October 30, 2010. The exhibition brings together the work of these unique draftsmen from three different generations and focuses on how each artist portrays the human figure in their own distinctive ways.

..........George Grosz came of age in the turmoil of World War I and his drawings record the life and atmosphere of the Weimar Republic. Included in the exhibition is Grosz's drawing "Dr. Sand's End," 1926 which shows a mid-level profiteer who has fallen afoul of his bosses and contemplates his demise with a revolver. Another drawing, "New York Street Scene" 1932 shows the various characters of a teeming metropolis acting out their daily rituals. "All of Grosz's drawings are supported by two elements - the straight and curved line that is made up of "tiny broken pen scratches, overlapping, like barbed wires. "

.........."Saul Steinberg defined drawing as "a way of reasoning on paper"- "his art is about the ways artists make art… He used drawing to think about the semantics of art, reconfiguring stylistic signs into a new language suited to the fabricated temper of modern life. " Steinberg's "Physiognomy," 1972 is a portrait of a well heeled woman made up of fake calligraphic texts, and fake certifying rubber stamps - a speech balloon conveys similar unrecognizable text. Also included in the exhibition is "Turkish Studio," 1953, a richly colored work on paper with a group of Steinberg characters. It is a pastiche of art, luxury and the exotic that references Matisse's "Red Studio" utilizing Steinberg's pictorial vocabulary.

..........Jim Nutt's drawing "Untitled," 2005, is typical of his portraits on women, restrained, intimate creations that contain a whole world. "Beautifully fetishized graphite hair amplifying the texture of the paper, sits atop Cubist distortions of noses and ears. " Nutt absorbs pop, comic, surrealist and cubist affinities to create unique representations of the real. Included in the exhibition, are "a delicate display," 1976, "nice move," 1975 and "a little light, a little dark," 1986, where Nutt frames within the composition human conflicts or romantic interactions on empty stages - the grotesque naked characters are people at their most essential level.

..........The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 5:30 P.M. For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or at abaumgold@aol.com.

l. Lubbock, Tom. Great Works: Monteur John Heartfield (1920), George Grosz. The Independent, August 13, 2010
ll. The Saul Steinberg Foundation
lll. Boyle, Fintan. Jim Nutt: "Trim" and Other Works. Romanovgrave.com. May 21, 2010

JIM NUTT
a little light, a little dark, 1986
Colored pencil on paper
11" x 16"

JIM NUTT
untitled, 2004
Graphite on paper
16" x 15"

 

SAUL STEINBERG
Physiognomy, 1968
Ink on paper
20" x 24"

JIM NUTT
"a delicate display," 1976
Oil on paper (construction)
19 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 2"

SAUL STEINBERG
"Turkish Studio," 1953
Crayon, ink and watercolor on paper
14" x 11"

GEORGE GROSZ
Untitled (New York), 1932
Ink on paper
21" x 16 1/2"
Signed "George Grosz New York" lower left

GEORGE GROSZ
At the Writing Table
Der Dichter am Schreibtisch (front), 1921
Pen and ink on paper
20" X 12"

At the Writing Table
Der Dichter am Schreibtisch (verso), 1921
Pen and ink on paper
20" X 12"

GEORGE GROSZ
Dr. Sand's End, 1925
Der Kleine Mann am Ende

Ink on paper
25" x 19"

JIM NUTT
nice move, 1975
Graphite on paper
14 7/8" x 13"

SAUL STEINBERG
Shadow Couple, 1957
Pen and ink with pencil on paper
13 1/2” x 10 1/4”
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg “The Labyrinth”

SAUL STEINBERG
Untitled (Portrait of Sigrid), c. 1965
Colored pencil, crayon on paper
17 1/2" x 11 1/2"

 

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