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Peter Saul Your Brain Says No
Peter Saul Death of Venus
Peter Saul Jeffrey Dahmer 
Peter Saul O.J.
Peter Saul Woman Artist II
Peter Saul Art Critics' Suicide
Peter Saul Bizarro #2
Peter Saul Ronald Reagan in Grenada
Peter Saul Jeffrey Dahmer Won't Eat his Vegetables
Peter Saul Please Leave Me Clean
Peter Saul Show Announcement
Peter Saul Show Announcement (continued)

Press Release

Paintings and Drawings, 1984-1999
Jul 9 - Aug 12, 1999

During July and August the George Adams Gallery will show paintings and drawings by Peter Saul.  The exhibition will include five canvases and three drawings from the period between 1984 and 1999.  The Gallery's exhibition coincides with the opening of a retrospective exhibition that will tour four venues in France and Belgium, starting at the Musee de L'abbaye de St. Croix, Sables D'Olonne and closing at the Musee Mons, in Belgium.  The retrospective exhibition is accompanied by a major monograph comprised of 168 pages with 130 illustrations, an interview with the artist and four essays, including one by Robert Storr.  The text will be published in French and English, and will be available in the U.S. later this summer.

The gallery exhibition includes works dealing with all of Peter Saul's favorite themes.  For example, one of the works in the show is from a series of paintings and drawings featuring Ronald Reagan as president.  Ronald Reagan in Grenada depicts a vibrantly colored Reagan single-handedly subduing the Grenada army with fingertip lasers and cans of Coca-Cola.  Also included are both the painting and study for Jeffrey Dahmer Won't Eat His Vegetables, 1992, one of many works featuring sexual deviates in electric chairs that have occupied a special place in Saul's work since 1960.

The two most recent works included are Your Brain Says No and The Death of Venus, both from 1999.  According to Saul, no one else is doing death, so he thought he would give it a try.  ("Someone has to do it," he says).  Other works in the show cover such themes as the art world (Art Critics' Suicide, 1996) and women (Woman Artist II, 1984).

Exhibition Checklist

Clockwise from the right:

1. Death of Venus, 1999
acrylic on canvas
54 3/4 x 66 5/8 inches
PSp 108

2. Ronald Reagan in Grenada, 1984
oil, acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches 
PSp 86

3. O. J., 1996
acrylic, alkyd on canvas
84 x 72 inches
PSp 90

4. Your Brain Says No, 1999
acrylic on canvas
71 5/8 x 66 inches
PSp 107

5.Art Critics' Suicide, 1996
acrylic, alkyd on canvas
66 x 84 1/4 inches
PSp 94

5. Jeffrey Dahmer, 1993
acrylic, alkyd on canvas
72 x 66 inches
PSp 80

7. Woman Artist II, 1983
acrylic, alkyd on canvas
90 x 66 inches
PSp 92

8. Jeffrey Dahmer Won't Eat his Vegetables, 1992
acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on paper
51 x 40 inches
PSd 72

9. Please Leave Me Clean, 1994
acrylic, pencil on board
23 x 29 inches
PSd 84

10. Bizarro #2, 1999
acrylic, pastel on paper
27 3/4 x 31 1/8 inches
PSd 124