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Saul Steinberg

September 12, 2017 – July 16, 2018
East Building, Mezzanine

Saul Steinberg, Via Aerea, 1969, colored pencil, crayon, pen and black ink, watercolor, rubber stamping, and collage additions, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

This special installation of 18 drawings, two photographs, and an assortment of small sculptures by Saul Steinberg (1914–1999) is part of an initiative—dating from the reopening of the East Building galleries in 2016—to include selected modern drawings, prints, and photographs as part of the permanent collection display.

Revered by millions for his outstanding covers for the New Yorker magazine, Steinberg was an extraordinary draftsman whose line, according to the art critic Harold Rosenberg, was “delectable in itself.” Whether making independent works or ones for publication, Steinberg brought a mordant wit and a sharp eye to all his art, creating works that disarm, enchant, and electrify. The installation spans the years 1945 to 1984 and includes a wide range of subjects and types: from World War II air raids to New York hipsters, from collages incorporating real stationery to bogus documents enhanced with fake signatures and seals. 

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Steinberg, Saul
American, 1914 - 1999

Online Feature: Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg: Outsider Extraordinaire
Video, Released: March 6, 2018, (28:02 minutes)
Saul Steinberg: Outsider Extraordinaire
Audio, Released: January 30, 2018, (29:54 minutes)