July 1, 1999

Peter Saul: Paintings and Drawings, 1984-1999, George Adams Gallery, NYC

Peter Saul: Paintings and Drawings, 1984-1999
George Adams Gallery, New York
July 9 – August 12, 1999

George Adams Gallery presents paintings and drawings by Peter Saul. The exhibition includes five canvases and three drawings from the period between 1984 and 1999. The Gallery's exhibition coincides with the opening of a retrospective exhibition that will tour four venues in France and Belgium, starting at the Musée de L'abbaye de Sainte Croix, Sables D'Olonne and closing at the Musée Mons, in Belgium. The retrospective exhibition is accompanied by a major monograph comprised of 168 pages with 130 illustrations, an interview with the artist and four essays, including one by Robert Storr.  The text will be published in French and English, and will be available in the U.S. later this summer.

The gallery exhibition includes works dealing with all of Peter Saul's favorite themes. For example, one of the works in the show is from a series of paintings and drawings featuring Ronald Reagan as president. Ronald Reagan in Grenada (1984) depicts a vibrantly colored Reagan single-handedly subduing the Grenada army with fingertip lasers and cans of Coca-Cola. Also included are both the painting and study for Jeffrey Dahmer Won't Eat His Vegetables, 1992, one of many works featuring sexual deviates in electric chairs that have occupied a special place in Peter Saul's work since 1960.

The two most recent works included are Your Brain Says No and The Death of Venus, both from 1999. According to Peter Saul, no one else is doing death, so he thought he would give it a try. ("Someone has to do it," he says). Other works in the show cover such themes as the art world (Art Critics' Suicide, 1996) and women (Woman Artist II, 1984).

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