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Peter Saul, 'Self' 1987


Peter Saul, Self, 1987. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 100 inches.

Peter Saul is the subject of a survey exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Saul's first museum retrospective in New York, Crime and Punishment spans five decades of the artist's career. The show illustrates his evolution from early gestural paintings on American consumerism to a sharp, brightly-colored aesthetic drawing on elements of Pop Art, Surrealism, history painting, vernacular illustration and the shock of current events, embued with persistent ethicality and a biting sense of humor. Spanning roughly sixty paintings, Saul addresses topics varying from '60s California counter-culture to the Vietnam War, Ronald Reagan, Angela Davis, race and gender politics, art criticism, US history, and self-examination. There will be a fully illustrated catalog to accompany the exhibition.

Crime and Punishment is on view through May 31. More information here.