Peter and Sally Saul on How to Thrive as a Creative Couple
This is a unique Trial Proof, aside from the regular edition of 50, of this important print from the late 1960s. The title of this work also served as the inspiration behind a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum: Hoomin Consurn, Personal Tragedy: The Grotesque in American Art. Peter Saul's distinctive style of social protest art is coming back into vogue - and his anti-war, anti-racism message is just as relevant today. Unframed and in very good condition.
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Signature: Signed with trademark circle doodle, dated and annotated "Trial Proof" in graphite on the front
A Pop art predecessor who helped pave the way to neo-Surrealism, Peter Saul is known for his luridly colored, contrarian depictions of popular culture and political history. In the 1950s and '60s, reacting against Abstract Expressionism's seriousness and influenced by Surrealist Roberto Matta, Saul began to paint everyday objects like iceboxes, steaks, and toilets in bright colors, along with political works like his series of graphic, cartoonish “Vietnam” paintings (1960s), which though had no clear moral message or political agenda, were evidently anti-Vietnam War. (“I want praise for my art, not for some political opinion I might have,” Saul has said.) Jumbling references like Mickey Mouse, Ethel Rosenberg, and Willem de Kooning, his work also includes darkly humorous self-portraits like Oedipus Junior (1983), in which the artist simultaneously pierces his eye with a paintbrush and castrates himself.
American, b. 1934, San Francisco, California, based in New York, New York