Peter Saul: Drawings of the Early 1960s
In the Drawing Gallery
March 3 – April 29, 1989


Peter Saul has his first one-man show in Chicago at the Frumkin Gallery in 1961, which consisted of paintings about the American way of life. For the present exhibition in the Drawing Fallery, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery is mounting and exhibition of works from the early 196os that recapitulates the artist’s evolution in these years.


The drawings in the show, all in colored crayons with marker, pencil and collage, range in date from 1960 to 1965. In a panoply of icons of American culture from that time, Saul depicts Donald Duck, Superman, criminals being executed in electric chairs, refrigerators, food products, soldiers and money willy-nilly while balloons announcing “$EX” or “Queer way to Die” provide scripts. The style in which the objects are rendered as well as the choice of objects themselves establishes Saul’s connection with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism while at the same time making clear his independence.  


The Peter Saul exhibition will open in the Drawing Gallery on Friday, March 3rd and run through the month of April. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are from 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays