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), one of the 20th century's most enigmatic and inventive artists. The exhibition will include drawings, works on paper and mixed media constructions, and 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. There will be many early drawings from the 1940s and 1960s that were reproduced in the Steinberg books All in Line, The Art of Living, The Passport, The Labyrinth, The New World, Le Masque, and The Inspector, as well as The New Yorker.

       Featured will be the iconic Dancing Couple, 1965, in which a precisely rendered man dances with a stick figured, comic woman, and Saul Steinberg’s early, masterful drawing Drugstore, 1946, (reproduced in The Art of Living). Drugstore shows a slice of old New York, with a crowded luncheonette counter and pharmacy teeming with activity in a dazzling perspectival display.

       In Steinberg’s Untitled (Cocktail Party), c. 1949-1954, each guest at the crowded gathering is rendered in a different drawing style—bold contour, rough scribble, precise cross-hatch, etc. The two drawings Stages of Life (Man),1954, and Stages of Life (Women), 1954, employ the simple, abstract visual device of a victory stand to compose a satiric drawing about how we progress through life. Untitled (Men) pictures the same stoic face from tot, to cub scout, to graduate, to business professional, and finally to retiree on a beach. The brilliantly rendered Drawing of Drawing, 1966, exhibited at Steinberg’s Whitney retrospective, answers the art about art question literally.

       Three of the artist’s mixed media “table” sculptures, Travel Table, 1982, Cairo, 1981, and Venice Table, 1979 incorporate “eye-fooling fakes” of his drawing tools—a box of whittled wooden pencils, a paintbrush—as well as imagined odds and ends of his desk: a slice of cucumber, an old photograph, a postcard, etc. Harold Rosenberg describes this series of work as “fabrication that stands for him but also hides him. The Tables continue his autobiography in personal terms that betray no secrets.”1

       Double Still Life, 1981, the cover drawing for Steinberg’s exhibition Still Life and Architecture, is populated 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 cryptic visual puzzle of interwoven symbols—pen and inkwell, decanter, loaf of bread with knife, and a burning candle.

       In Saul Steinberg’s drawing Allegory, 1963, exhibited in the Whitney and Morgan retrospectives, “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…”2 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.”3

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00-5:30 p.m. The opening reception will be Thursday, February 1, from 6-8 p.m. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at abaumgold@aol.com or (212) 861-7338.

 

1 Harold Rosenberg, “Saul Steinberg,” p. 30.
2Joel Smith, “Saul Steinberg Illuminations,” p. 156.
3 Joel Smith, “Saul Steinberg Illuminations,” p. 156.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Cocktail Party), c.1949-54
Ink, black crayon on paper
14 3/8” x 23”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parade 2, 1951
Ink, colored pencil, watercolor on paper
14” x 23”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport (1979 edition); The Discovery of America.

Exhibited: Saul Steinberg Illuminations Cat. 17. Organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. Itinerary: The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati Art Museum;Lehman Loeb Art Center; Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris; Kunsthaus Zürich; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.Catalogue by Joel Smith, introduction by Charles Simic, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2006; German ed. Hatje Cantz, 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Parade 3, 1951
Ink, colored pencil, watercolor on paper
14” x 23”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport (1979 edition); The Discovery of America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Town, 1954
Ink on paper
14 1/2” x 23”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport; Saul Steinberg Discovery of America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Stages of Life - Men), 1954
Ink, colored pencil, watercolor on paper
14 1/2” x 23 1/8”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Stages of Life - Women), 1954
Ink, colored pencil, watercolor on paper
14 1/2” x 23 1/8”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Passport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing of Drawing, 1966
Ink, colored pencil, rubber stamp, collage on paper
15” x 22 1/4”

Exhibited: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Saul Steinberg. Cat. p. 160, source for title.
Traveled to: Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Serpentine Gallery; Saint-Paul, France, Fondation Maeght, 1978-79.
Catalogue with essay by Harold Rosenberg and Chronology by Steinberg, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1978.

Reproduced: New York Review of Books in review of Saul Steinberg retrospective at the Whitney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Man Looking Down), c.1968
Ink, black crayon on paper
23 1/8” x 29 1/8”
Reproduced: Saul Steinberg The Inspector; Steinberg at The New Yorker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (ABC), c.1965
Ink,watercolor on paper
20 3/8” x 23”
Reproduced:The New Yorker Alphabet Portfolio 12/04/1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain, 1975
Ink, crayon, waterolor on paper
20" x 14"
variant of The New Cover for August 25, 1975
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Galerie Maeght, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equivalents of 8, 1962
Pen and ink and collage on paper
22 3/4" x 14 1/2"
Provenance: Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago IL
Pace Gallery, New York NY

Illustrated in The New Yorker magazine, November 17, 1962
Illustrated in Saul Steinberg: The New World

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (3+8=11), 1977
Ink, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, on paper
14 1/2” x 23"

Reproduced: Saul Steinberg Reflections and Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Table, 1982
oil, collage, painted wood, ink and pencil on wood
29 7/8" x 41 3/4" x 2 1/4"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Venice Table, 1979
oil, collage, painted wood, ink and pencil on wood
17" x 12"
Provenance: Galerie Maeght Lelong, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairo, 1981
oil, collage, painted wood, ink and pencil on wood
16 1/8
" x 20 3/4"
Provenance: Galerie Maeght Lelong, Paris

Elisabeth Franck Gallery, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declaration of Independence, 1974
Ink, graphite, collage, rubber stamp
22 1/2” x 30"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa, 1969
Ink, watercolor, rubber stamps on paper
22 1/8" x 28"
Provenance: Pace Gallery, New York

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Untitled, 1967
Ink, artist's stamps, and seals on paper
20" x 26"
Provenance: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Mask), 1962
Oil, pastel, on brown paper bag, in plexiglas box
11 1/4" x 8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
signed, dated on verso
Other views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Woman & Monument), c.1946
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11 1/8"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Untitled (1), 1960
Ink on paper
11 1/4" x 14 1/2"
Reproduced: Cover, Art in America, 1961

 

Untitled (2), 1960
Ink on paper
11 1/4" x 14 1/2"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Car), 1952
From A.J. Liebling's "Second City"
Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

 

 

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

 

St Valentine's Day Massacre, 1952 (Verso)
From A.J. Liebling's "Second City"
Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Paris cafe), 1959
Ink on paper
11 1/2" x 14 1/2"
Published in The New Yorker Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Couple, 1957
ink, graphite on paper
13 1/2” x 10 1/4”
Reproduced in Saul Steinberg's The Labyrinth

 

 

 

 

 

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