22.04 — 27.09.2016 You Better Call Saul One Man Show Peter Saul

“I always do things the wrong way, which is completely empty Territory.”
Peter Saul
 
 
Peter Saul has been deemed the father of Pop Art and a successor to Surrealism. He is one of the most important artists of our time and a consistent “violator of good taste” in art.

He is the founder of the unique style of Bad Painting, which is characterized by a bright palette of colors and exaggerated distortion of images – a jubilant depiction of lawlessness and violence in society, which the artist sarcastically criticizes through his “indictments”. 
 
In the 1950s, Saul introduced the iconic comic and cartoon characters, Superman and Donald Duck, to his expressionist paintings; in the mid-1960s, he devoted a series of anti-military works to the Vietnam War; and, in the 1970s, he created his own variations of Rembrant's “The Night Watch” and Picasso's “Guernica”, always returning to subjects drawn from mass media and art history.
 
Saul's works, rambunctios and full of lush images and poisonous morality, portray a new reality by removing the mask of hypocrisy and exposing human vices, in such a way that can change our perception of history and the generally accepted understanding of social norms. As the originator of Pop Art, Saul embodied his ideas in an unprecedented style of painting that inspired a generation of American artists to new thinking and new creativity, which became the foundation of modern American culture.
 
_The important thing is that a work has to look fresh, to be as original as possible. That means it has to have its own idea and psychology. I try to make it worth looking at, to turn it into a sensation.
True or false doesn’t matter at all as long as it’s disturbing or funny, because I love all psychology. Bad things make me laugh just as often as good things. This has been my art style for over 55 years.
I am open to any humor, except sophisticated humor. Too many good artists have sought after it. The secret of the success of a “bad” artist is in overcoming the need for approval. So, if you want “sublime” art, you better not call Saul._

Peter Saul       Works by Peter Saul are found in the collections of leading museums around the world including: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Museum Ludwig (Köln), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), and MoMA (New York).

Co-curated by Victoria Dushkina

22.04 — 27.09.2016 You Better Call Saul One Man Show Peter Saul

  • Birth Of Pop

    Birth Of Pop
    2005
    Acrylic on canvas
    168 x 188 cm

  • Abstract Expressionist Cowboy

    Abstract Expressionist Cowboy
    2005
    203 x 163 cm
    Acrylic on canvas
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul: Six Classics”,
    MARY BOONE GALLERY, NY

  • Fall of Constantinople (1453 A.D.)


    Fall of Constantinople (1453 A.D.)

    2004
    198 x 274 cm
    Acrylic on canvas

    Exhibited:
    Peter Saul. Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, USA. 22 June - 21 September, 2008

  • It's Not Cancer

    It's Not Cancer
    2009
    Acrylic and oil on canvas

    198.1 x 243.8 cm

  • Bad Restaurant

    Bad Restaurant
    2008
    Acrylic, oil on canvas
    198 x 274 cm
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul: New Paintings”,
    David Nolan gallery, NY

  • Wall Street Suicide

    Wall Street Suicide
    2012
    178 x 152 cm
    Acrylic on canvas
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter”, VENEKLASEN WERNER GALLERY, Berlin. 27 April - 29 June 2013

  • Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

    Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile
    2012-2013
    183 x 244 cm
    Acrylic on canvas
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter”, Veneklasen Werner gallery, Berlin, 27 April - 29 June 2013.
     “Peter Saul: Some Crazy Pictures”, David Kordansky gallery, Los Angeles, 2 May - 20 June 2015.

  • Prehistoric Women

    Prehistoric Women
    2011
    Acrylic, oil on canvas
    198 x 229 cm
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul”, MARY BOONE GALLERY, New York, 24 March - 28 April 2012.
    “Peter Saul: Neptune and the Octopus Painter”, Veneklasen Werner gallery, Berlin, 27 April - 29 June 2013.
     “Peter Saul: Some Crazy Pictures”, David Kordansky gallery, Los Angeles, 2 May - 20 June 2015.

  • Viva la Difference

    Viva la Difference
    2008
    acrylic on canvas

    182.9 x 182.9 cm

  • Birth of Venus

    Birth of Venus
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    165 x 213 cm

  • Panic Attack in the Lumber Yard

    Panic Attack in the Lumber Yard
    2007
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 198 cm
    Exhibited:  
    Peter Saul: New Paintings. David Nolan gallery, New York. 2 April - 23 May 2009

  • Stalin and Mao

    Stalin and Mao
    2009
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 274 cm
    Exhibited:
    “Peter Saul: New Paintings”, DAVID NOLAN GALLERY, New York
    2 April - 23 May 2009.