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Saul Steinberg: Illuminations

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Best known for his barbed and brilliant art for The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg (1914–1999) did much more. He executed public murals, designed fabrics and stage sets, was an inventive collagist and printmaker, and turned his magic touch to the fields of painting, sculpture, advertising, and even wartime propaganda. This is the first comprehensive look at Steinberg’s extraor ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Yale University Press
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David Schaafsma
May 20, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, art-comics
This is a collection emerging out of a 2006 retrospective exhibition of Steinberg's work. Steinberg is useful for comics artists and scholars and historians because he was known as a doodler/cartoonist/comics artist and also from the establishment art world was also known as a "serious" artist (as if the comics were NOT serious, for some reason), who was part of the The New Yorker visual team for decades, and who also exhibited in galleries and museums. He could be silly and serious and politica ...more
Robert Beveridge
Joel Smith, Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (Yale, 2006)

Among those artists in the stable of The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg may be second only in recognition to Charles Addams. And yet, until 2006, there had never been a major retrospective of Steinberg's work. This book is the companion volume to the exhibition that rectified that oversight, and it is chock-full of drawings and photographs of both Steinberg and his work, along with a ninety-six page biographical essay by Smith. Even if you don't
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Austin Kleon
Jan 06, 2010 Austin Kleon rated it it was amazing
"A writer who draws," that's how Steinberg described himself, and that's what Joel Smith's explores in his great essay on Steinberg's life and art which accompanies the pieces from the ILLUMINATIONS show. If you're looking for Steinberg's New Yorker work, you won't find it here. (Buy the must-have Complete New Yorker on DVD and you'll have everything he ever published there!) But if you're looking for a good place to start on Steinberg, this is the book.
Jim Coughenour
Jul 17, 2007 Jim Coughenour rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justforfun
Steinberg escaped from Romania via Italy to New York City, where his inspired doodles adorned the New Yorker throughout its golden years. Flipping through any book by Steinberg is equivalent to sucking on a Vicodin: one is mysteriously happier.

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