"From Pop to Punk: Peter Saul"

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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, The Government of California, 1969
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, All the Money in Palestine, 1969
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Crucifixion of Angela Davis, 1973
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, G. I. Christ, 1967
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, No Title, 1966
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Policeman on the Toilet, 1963
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, San Quentin #1, 1969
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Self-Defense, 1969
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Sex Boat, 1961
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Sex Deviate Being Executed, 1964
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Superman and Superdog in Jail, 1963
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Courtesy the artist and Venus Over ManhattanPeter Saul, Superman in the Electric Chair, 1967

Even before there was Pop Art, Peter Saul was making it. Born in 1934, Saul gave birth to his idiosyncratic style while living in Paris and Rome

in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Inspired by MAD magazine, his paintings and works on paper observe American culture and its hypocrisies through a perverse prism, free-associating pop-cultural references with political themes. The works here date from 1961 to 1973 and come from the collection of Allan Frumkin, Saul’s former dealer.

Among the standouts, Superman and Superdog in Jail (1963) captures the Man of Steel and his faithful companion in a cell as the former squats on a toilet and the latter drinks from it. In Superman in the Electric Chair (1967) the superhero melts in the hot seat as a policewoman spews red dollar signs.

Later in his life, Saul’s compositions became harder-edged and bathed in Day-Glo hues. One painting depicts political activist Angela Davis crucified and pierced by jackknives carved with puns on the name jesus (jee us, jezz ass, etc.). Grotesque and compelling, it speaks to Saul’s career-long commitment to fighting injustice and speaking truth to power.—Paul Laster

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