PETER SAUL  

Print Retrospective, 1966-2011
September 16 - December 22, 2011

Scorching social commentary, cartoon-like grotesque figures and acidic colors characterize the paintings of Peter Saul. In organizing the first retrospective of his prints, Carl Solway Gallery highlights his parallel involvement with printmaking, featuring work created from 1966 to the present. The prints engage cultural topics ranging from the Vietnam War and decades of American policies to more personal issues involving sexual politics and consumerism. Public figures from Ronald Reagan, to Angela Davis, to Donald Duck and Superman appear. In a quote from 1967, Saul stated: "Not to be shocking means to agree to be furniture". In creating rambunctious artwork aiming straight for the controversial subject matter avoided by many artists, he rejects the notion of becoming furniture with great relish. Sacred cows in the artworld and society at large are skewered with equal abandon. Influenced by a post-college sojourn in Europe, Peter Saul is sometimes associated with Pop Art and the Hairy Who painters from Chicago, but he defies easy categorization. As is often the case with extremely individualistic artists, his work has taken time to achieve acceptance and recognition. After five decades of production, the importance of his practice and his influence on generations of younger artists is widely acknowledged. Peter Saul was born in San Francisco in 1934 and currently resides in New York City and Germantown, New York. He received a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1956. From 1956 to 1964, Peter Saul lived in England, the Netherlands, France and Italy. Returning to the United States in 1964, he spent a decade in Mill Valley, California. Among other awards, he received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979 and 1985), a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and letters in 2010. He taught at the University of Texas Austin from 1981-2000. His work is included in many important museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Traveling retrospectives of his paintings were organized by the Aspen Art Museum in 1989 and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California in 2008.

 

 

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Amboosh, 1967
Five color lithograph
A.P. from an edition of 50 + 9 APs, 30 x 40 inches
Framed: 34 x 43.75 inches
Self Portrait with Haircut, 2003 , Color lithograph, A.P. 5/6 apart from an edition of 30
30 x 22 inches
Framed: 34 x 26 inches
Untitled, 2011
Color lithograph
Edition of 20
22 x 30 inches
Framed: 26.75 x 33 inches
Self Knowledge, 2011
Color lithograph
Edition of 20
22 x 30 inches
Framed: 26.75 x 33 inches
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Wrong Neighborhood, 2011
Color lithograph
Edition of 20
22 x 30 inches
Framed: 26.75 x 33 inches
GI on Cross, 1967
Color lithograph
Edition of 25, 7/25
24 x 18 inches
Framed: 27.75 x 21.75 inches
Commy Gal, 1967
Color lithograph
Edition of 120, 74/120
10 x 7 inches
Framed: 17 x 13.25 inches
White Sex, 1966
Lithograph, A.P., apart from an edition of 10
Image size: 9.75 x 12 inches
Paper size: 13 x 14 inches
Framed: 16.25 x 18 inches
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Creeps, 2001
Lithograph
Edition of 35, 27/35
22 x 15 inches
Framed: 28.25 x 20.75 inches
Heaven, 1990's
Etching
Edition of 20, 14/20
11.75 x 9 inches
Framed: 18.5 x 15 inches
Cowboy Dentist, 1983
Two color lithograph
Edition of 24, 23/24
from an edition of 24 + 3 A.P.s
30 x 22.5 inches
Framed: 34 x 26.25 inches
Texis, 1985
Three color lithograph
A.P. 3/10 apart from an edition
of 20 + 10 A.P.s + 10 subscriber's proofs
30 x 30.25 inches
Framed: 34.25 x 34 inches
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Daisy Crockett, 1985
Color lithograph
Edition of 20, 13/20
31 x 27.25 inches
Framed: 35 x 31 inches
Golden Gate Bridge, 1968
Five color lithograph
Edition of 50, 50/50
22.5 x 29.5 inches
Framed: 27 x 35 inches
World of America, No. 1, 1967
Screenprint, A. P., apart from an edition of 30
22 x 18 inches
Framed: 32.5 x 26.5 inches
World of America, No. 2, 1967
Lithograph , A. P., apart from an edition of 25
24 x 18 inches
Framed: 28 x 21.75 inches
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Angela Davis, 1972
Color lithograph
A.P. apart from an edition of 100 + 5 A.P.s
37.5 x 30 inches
Framed: 38.75 x 33.75 inches
Politics, 1985
Three color lithograph
A.P. 7, apart from an edition of 25 + 10 A.P.s + 10 Subscriber's proofs, 32.75 x 23.5 inches
Framed: 36.5 x 27.25
Ideas, 1990's
Lithograph
A.P., apart from an edition of 12
21.5 x 14 inches
Framed: 28 x 20.25 inches
Adum and Eev, 1990's
Lithograph
Edition of 12, 5/12
21.5 x 14 inches
Framed: 28 x 20.25 inches
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Rights of the Individual, 1989
Lithograph, R.T.P apart from an edition of 100
28 x 22 inches
Framed: 31.75 x 26 inches
Girl Trouble, 1987
Lithograph
34.25 x 24.5 inches
Framed: 38 x 28.25
Pulling it Off, 1987
Lithograph
A.P.#3
24 x 34 inches
Framed: 28 x 38 inches
Modern Home, 2003
Color lithograph, A.P. 3/6 apart from an edition of 30
22.25 x 30 inches
Framed: 26.25 x 34 inches
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Hoomin Consurn/Personal Torment, 1969
Lithograph
A. P. apart from an edition of 50
22.25 x 21 inches
Framed: 26.25 x 25 inches
Origins of Captain Marvel, 2003 , Color lithograph, A.P. 6/6 apart from an edition of 30
22.25 x 30 inches
Framed: 26.25 x 34 inches
Two Hours, 1994
Collaboration with John Yau
Title page from a suite of nine lithographs + colophon page,
paper folder with a relief print title, Lithographs
12.5 x 10 inches each
Mona Lisa Throw Up, 1995
Etching, A.P. 3/3
Image size: 7.75 x 7.25 inches
Paper size: 22 x 15 inches
Framed: 25 x 18 inches
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Soft Watch on a Toilet, 1995
Etching, A. P. 1/3
Image size: 7.5 x 8 inches
Paper size: 22 x 15 inches
Framed: 25 x 18 inches
I'm Splitting, 1995
Etching, A.P. 1/3
Image size: 7.5 x 8 inches
Paper size: 22 x 15 inches
Framed: 26 x 18 inches
Goddess, 1995
Etching, A.P. 2/4
Plate size: 25 x 17.25 inches
Paper size: 30 x 22.25 inches
Framed: 33 x 25.25 inches
Prehistoric Women, 2011
Acrylic and oil on canvas
78 x 90 inches
Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York, New York