If you don’t know his work by name, you know it by sight: Saul Steinberg’s illustrations and cartoons defined the look of The New Yorker for more than half a century. (Does View of the World from 9th Avenue ring a bell?) Today, to honor the 100th anniversary of Steinberg’s birth this year, the Pace and Pace/MacGill Galleries are celebrating the prolific artist with a comprehensive exhibition of work, featuring over 80 pieces, some never before displayed.
A Romanian-born émigré who escaped from World War II and came to the United States in the early 1940s, Steinberg was concerned with the American dream, and many of his most iconic images—Uncle Sam, Canal Street Post Office—referenced the notion. Less known are his dabblings in Surrealism, photography, and Dadaism. Examples of this more obscure work (photographs he took of his drawings; photographs on which he scribbled; sculptures) are included alongside his most celebrated cartoons.
“Saul Steinberg: 100th Anniversary Exhibition” opens today at the Pace and Pace/MacGill Galleries and is on view through October 18.
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