Speaking with Lines: Saul Steinberg Milan – New York

by Web Staff

Compasses Magazine

On 15th October, the exhibition “Saul Steinberg Milano – New York” was inaugurated at the Triennale in Milan.
It is a tribute to one of the greatest illustrators of the twentieth century, capable of reproducing through drawing the subversive and complex world that characterized Italy and America in the twentieth century.

His architectural studies at the Polytechnic of Milan indistinguishably marks the style and vision of an artist.
Due to the Racial Laws he took refuge in New York where he began working as a cartoonist for some of the major U.S. periodicals “Life”, “Time”, “New Yorker” and “Harper’s Bazaar” until 1999, the year of his death.
In 1954 he returned to Italy and collaborated with BBPR, in particular with Ernesto Nathan Rogers for the magazine Domus.

The exhibition curated by Italo Lupi, Marco Belpoliti and Francesca Pellicciari, with the publishing house Electra, shows pencil, pen and watercolor drawings, documents and photographs that explain the articulation of Steinberg’s contribution.
The Saul Steinberg Foundation and various institutions, collectors and friends of the illustrator made possible the selection of the different works of the exhibition.

The exhibition includes about 350 works on loan from the Saul Steinberg Foundation, the Jewish Museum, the Hedda Sterne Foundation in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. But the heart of the exhibition is represented by the 4 leporelli created by Steinberg for the Labyrinth of the boys, a work by BBPR in Parco Sempione in 1954 for the X Triennale. These drawings express themes and researches that the artist will develop throughout his career.

A dense and rich catalog Steinberg A-Z edited by Marco Belpoliti, published by Electa, systematizes and narrates the life and works of the Romanian artist and accompanies the works, which can be visited until March 13, 2022.

Photo credits

1_ Saul Steinberg, Untitled, 1965 © The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

2_ Evelyn Hofer, Saul Steinberg with his hand, New York 1978, © Estate of Evelyn Hofer

3_ ©  The Saul Steinberg foundation. Ars New York. Now 1960-1965

4_ ©  The Saul Steinberg Foundation. ARS New York –  Galleria di Milano, 1951, Saul Steinberg

5_ ©  The Saul Steinberg Foundation. ARS New York. Untitled, Saul Steinberg, 1956

6_ Saul Steinberg, Untitled, 1953 ink on paper. Courtesy of MIC – Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milano

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