Recent Paintings: Heroic Times
Mar 3 - Mar 31, 1992
During March, Peter Saul will show four large recent paintings in Heroic Themes at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery. It is the artist's 15th one-man show here in 30 years and the first since his museum retrospective which toured the U.S. in 1989-90.
The earliest work in the current show, Custer's Last Stand, dates from 1989 and represents a return to a theme Saul painted in the 1970s. This latest work shows clearly Saul's evolution: it is much more focused on the central incident in the battle- Custer's death- and the whole work is more richly and volumetrically painted then the earlier versions. Next, chronologically, are new subjects for Saul: The battle of The Alamo (1990) followed by The Raft of the Medusa, a send-up of Gericault's painting executed while Saul was living in Europe last year. The fourth and most recent work on view is The Last Judgement which carries Saul's interests in the "great themes" into new territory.
The Peter Saul exhibition will open on March 3rd and run through the month. The exhibition is accompanied by a color folder reproducing three of the paintings in the show.