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Peter Saul All the Money in Palestine Crucifixion of Angela Davis Self-Defense San Quentin #1 (Angela Davis at San Quentin) The Government of California

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Self-Defense San Quentin #1 (Angela Davis at San Quentin) The Government of California

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul All the Money in Palestine Sex Deviate Being Executed Crucifixion of Angela Davis

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Custom Car Sex Deviate Being Executed Crucifixion of Angela Davis

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Custom Car Sex Deviate Being Executed

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Superman and Superdog in Jail Custom Car Sex Deviate Being Executed Crucifixion of Angela Davis

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Superman in the Electric Chair Superman and Superdog in Jail

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Human Dignity Personal Disease G.I. Christ Superman in the Electric Chair

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Human Dignity Personal Disease

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Pinkville Crucifixion of Angela Davis Human Dignity

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Homage to Thomas Hart Benton Pinkville

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul G.I. Christ Target Practice

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul No Title Frenching in 'Frisco

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Red Hitler Homage to Thomas Hart Benton

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul Red Hitler Homage to Thomas Hart Benton Sex Boat

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Peter Saul No Title

Installation view of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation video of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, Venus Over Manhattanm, New York, 2015

Installation video of Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk, Venus Over Manhattanm, New York, 2015

Press Release

Press Release

Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk
February 25 - April 25, 2015
Opening: Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(New York, NY) – Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present From Pop to Punk, paintings from the 1960s and 1970s by renowned painter Peter Saul, on view at 980 Madison beginning February 25, 2015.

Saul’s politically charged, and often politically incorrect, paintings are rooted in a system of removal from the artist’s beliefs, void of morals and ambivalent in their politics. Saul sources imagery from popular culture and current and historical events for his cartoonish and surreal depictions. The resulting paintings of the grotesque are more akin to social commentary than clear political statements.

Born in San Francisco in 1934, Saul settled in Paris in the late 1950s after completing his studies at California School of Fine Arts and Washington University, St. Louis. Saul is often associated with the Chicago Imagists, a group of artists typically defined by their Post-War tradition of fantasy-based art-making rooted in surrealism, pop culture, and the grotesque, as well as the Funk Artists of the San Francisco Bay Area. Like the Imagists and Funk Artists, Saul chose to work outside of the confines of the New York art scene, instead embracing humor in a time of stark seriousness.

Predating Pop Art, Saul’s Sex Boat (1961) is expressionist and loosely rendered, depicting banal everyday objects as a direct response to the existentialist beliefs of Abstract Expressionism. Saul’s paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s, on the other hand, are more vibrantly colored, technically refined and illustrative. An exhibition highlight, Crucifixion of Angela Davis, 1973, depicts Davis as a green, contorted, monstrous figure strung about a wooden cross, stabbed with knives that read “JEEZ US,” “JEEZ IS,” and “JEE SIS”. A prominent counterculture leader of the 1960s associated with both human rights and violent activism, Davis remains a controversial political figure. These are the images that Saul is drawn to – “pictures with problems.”
 

ABOUT PETER SAUL

Peter Saul has exhibited his work internationally and throughout the United States. Saul’s work appears in numerous museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Peter Saul lives and works in New York.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please contact Nadine Johnson & Associates by e-mail at adam@nadinejohnson.com, and lindsey@nadinejohnson.com

Peter Saul Sex Boat

Peter Saul

Sex Boat, 1961

oil on canvas

52 x 51 in

132.1 x 129.4 cm

Peter Saul Custom Car

Peter Saul

Custom Car, 1962

oil on canvas
42 x 59 1/2 in

106.7 x 151.1 cm

Peter Saul Superman and Superdog in Jail

Peter Saul

Superman and Superdog in Jail, 1963
oil on canvas
75 x 63 in

190.5 x 160 cm

Peter Saul Superman in the Electric Chair

Peter Saul

Superman in the Electric Chair, 1963
oil on canvas
63 x 79 in

160 x 200.7 cm

Peter Saul Sex Deviate Being Executed

Peter Saul

Sex Deviate Being Executed, 1964
oil on canvas

79 x 52 in

200.7 x 132.1 cm

Peter Saul Homage to Thomas Hart Benton

Peter Saul

Homage to Thomas Hart Benton, 1966
acrylic and pen on canvas

49 x 71 in

124.5 x 180.3 cm

Peter Saul  Homage to Thomas Hart Benton

Peter Saul

Homage to Thomas Hart Benton, 1966
ballpoint pen, colored pencil, crayon, marker and pencil on board

41 x 61 in

104.1 x 154.9 cm

Peter Saul Human Dignity

Peter Saul

Human Dignity, 1966

acrylic and pen on canvas

59 x 59 in

149.9 x 149.9 cm

Peter Saul No Title

Peter Saul

No Title, 1966
ballpoint pen, colored pencil, crayon, marker and pencil on board
41 x 54 in

104.1 x 137.2 cm

Peter Saul No Title

Peter Saul

No Title, 1966
ballpoint pen, colored pencil, crayon, marker and pencil on board
41 x 55 in

104.1 x 139.7 cm

Peter Saul  Personal Disease

Peter Saul

Personal Disease, 1966

acrylic and pen on canvas

49 x 65 in

124.5 x 165.1 cm

Peter Saul Red Hitler

Peter Saul

Red Hitler, 1966
ballpoint pen, colored pencil, crayon, marker and pencil on board
41 x 54 in

104.1 x 137.2 cm

Peter Saul G. I. Christ

Peter Saul

G. I. Christ, 1967

oil on canvas
92 x 86 in

233.7 x 218.4 cm

Peter Saul Target Practice

Peter Saul

Target Practice, 1968

acrylic on canvas
92 1/2 x 99 1/2 in

235 x 252.7 cm

Peter Saul All the Money in Palestine

Peter Saul

All the Money in Palestine, 1969
acrylic on canvas

68 x 96 in

172.7 x 243.8 cm

Peter Saul  Frenching in ‘Frisco

Peter Saul

Frenching in ‘Frisco, 1969

acrylic paint, colored pencil, crayon, and marker on board

41 x 41 in

104.1 x 104.1 cm

Peter Saul The Government of California

Peter Saul

The Government of California, 1969

acrylic on canvas

68 x 96 in

172.7 x 243.8 cm

Peter Saul Self-Defense

Peter Saul

Self-Defense, 1969

acrylic on canvas

68 x 96 in

172.7 x 143.8 cm

Peter Saul  Pinkville

Peter Saul

Pinkville, 1970

acrylic on canvas

90 x 131 in

228.6 x 332.7 cm

Peter Saul  San Quentin #1 (Angela Davis at San Quentin)

Peter Saul

San Quentin #1 (Angela Davis at San Quentin), 1971
acrylic on canvas

71 x 94 in

180.3 x 238.8 cm

Peter Saul Crucifixion of Angela Davis

Peter Saul

Crucifixion of Angela Davis, 1973
acrylic on canvas
83 1/2 x 67 1/2 in

212.1 x 171.5 cm

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