Saul Steinberg, ‘ANNUIT COEPTIS  (with Abraham Lincoln, from The New York International Portfolio)’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery

This Steinberg lithograph is titled Annuit Coeptis, which is one of the mottoes found on the Great Seal of the United States. Abraham Lincoln, sitting in front of an easel, is also depicted in this telling 1960s work.
Tanglewood Press, Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc., New York, pub.; Irwin Hollander, Inc., New York, prntr.

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Signature: Signed by lower right; numbered lower left in brown pencil; with the blindstamp of printer Irwin Hollander

Publisher: Tanglewood Press, Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc., New York, pub.; Irwin Hollander, Inc., New York, prntr.

This print came directly from the legendary New York International portfolio published by Tanglewood Press in 1966, which featured prints by nine other international artists including Arman, Mary Bauermeister, Öyvind Fahlström, John Goodyear, Charles Hinman, Allen Jones, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, and Steinberg. Steinberg's print from this portfolio is in the permanent collection of major institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum. This is the first time in 45 years that the print has been separated from the portfolio. It was stored in the original portfolio box with the colophon page as provenance.

About Saul Steinberg

Perhaps best known as the unmistakable illustrator of hundreds of cartoons and a number of covers for The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg made drawings and sculptures that established him as an acute visual chronicler of the modern American psyche. From the single, unbroken flourishes of his smaller cartoons to the dense detail seen in his New York cityscapes, the lines in Steinberg’s illustrations are famously emotive. Steinberg’s mixed-media “Drawing Tables” series (1970s) features his life-size recreations of his wood work tables, which include hand-carved simulations of pens, pencils, brushes, rulers, sketchbooks, and seals.

American, 1914-1999, Râmnicul-Sărat, Romania

Exhibition Highlights

2014
New York,
Saul Steinberg: 100th Anniversary Exhibition