Saul Steinberg

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Saul Steinberg
Untitled (New York Traffic)
Felt tip marker, Conté crayon, and crayon on paper pasted onto paper.
20 x 14 1/2 inches (50.8 x 36.8 cm)
Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation.
© The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Saul Steinberg Foundation.

Steinbergʼs vast artistic output, which encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture and his legendary cartoons, reflects his architectural training, knowledge of art history and brilliant sense of humor. Born in Romania, Steinberg studied in Milan before growing Anti-Semitism forced him to immigrate, first to the Dominican Republic and then to New York. He contributed drawings to several magazines, but it was his work for The New Yorker that would cement his popularity. The works in this gift are representative of many of the signature styles and subjects he developed during his sixty year relationship with the magazine. In many ways Steinberg was the consummate insider, a man whose closest relationships were with the artists associated with the New York School. On the other hand, he was always something of an outsider who brought a fresh, comic eye to everyday scenes and whose traumatic past was evident in his long-standing interest in documentation and other symbols of bureaucratic power.

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