Peter Saul (American, b. 1934) is among the handful of American painters and collage artists whose groundbreaking proto-Pop achievements in the late 1950s and early 1960s were demoted once the champions of that movement were anointed a few years later. Saul has always forged his own path, creating often difficult, funny, and trenchant works—“sick jokes” according to Robert Storr, distinguished curator and dean of the Yale School of Art. His art embraces personal foibles and important events in American history, such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. His twisted comic-book forms, artificially hot colors, controversial subject matter, and unquenchable ambition to provoke strong feelings through his paintings have kept him on the edges of the art world while also preserving, for over forty years, the freshness of his work.
Organizer: Orange County Museum of Art
Curator: Dan Cameron
PAFA Exhibition Coordinator: Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art
Dates: October 17, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Location: Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, Fisher Brooks Gallery
This project has been supported by a grant from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Contributing support is provided by Donald R. Caldwell, Gabriele Lee, and Eileen Rosenau.