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Pace Gallery Presents: Online Exhibition “Saul Steinberg: Imagined Interiors”

Saul Steinberg, Looking Down, 1988
Saul Steinberg, Looking Down, 1988
Saul Steinberg, Looking Down, 1988

Pace Gallery is pleased to present Saul Steinberg: Imagined Interiors, the first in a series of thematic and solo exhibitions created exclusively for the gallery’s online platform to be mounted during this unprecedented period of temporary closures. Curated by Michaëla Mohrmann, Associate Curatorial Director at Pace, Imagined Interiors explores drawings, collages, and photographs by Saul Steinberg that center on the theme of domesticity and the nature of interior spaces as ideal sites for introspection and creativity, resonating with the current unique human experience many are navigating around the world. The exhibition will be on view through Pace’s online viewing room platform for a two-week period from March 23 – April 6, 2020.

“My purpose is to transform an idea that I had into a drawing. I am not so preoccupied by the outside world. I’m preoccupied with my own inside world.” —Steinberg

Steinberg redefined the possibilities of drawing, casting it as a philosophical investigation, “a way of reasoning on paper.” He earned critical acclaim as a modernist artist in the post-war period, while his numerous drawings and covers for The New Yorker made him dear to a broad American public—the people whose daily lives and customs became the subject of his art. Through a series of five groupings—Creative Pursuits at Home, In Good Company:
Pets, Portals to Other Worlds, The Fantastic Everyday, and At Home in Public—Mohrmann has assembled an  expansive yet intimate online exhibition of Steinberg’s ingenious experiments with drawing and other media, addressing the private sphere in relation to modern phenomena such as urbanization.

Drawing connections between Steinberg’s life and work, the exhibition is accompanied by archival imagery of the artist at his home and studio in Amagansett, New York. It also features an enhanced audio-visual user experience that includes Charles Louise Ambroise Thomas’s “Gavotte” from the opera Mignon—a composition for the violin referenced in one of Steinberg’s drawings—and a poem by William Carlos Willams, lending rich context to the works on view. Through styles exuding dynamic vitality and autobiographical details evocative of distant locations—from his hometown in Romania to Edo period Japan—Steinberg’s work unearths the creative possibilities and hidden horizons within one’s home.

Saul Steinberg, Untitled, 1950
Saul Steinberg, Untitled, 1950

In addition to Imagined Interiors, Pace will present several digital exhibitions over the course of the coming weeks, including a group exhibition dedicated to ceramics, an exhibition of works inspired by nature, and a focus on photography on the topic of America’s cultural history, that primarily engage with human experience in this climate of solitary interconnection.

For further details about our online exhibitions please visit: https://www.pacegallery.com/viewing-rooms/.

Saul Steinberg (b. 1914, Râmnicul Sarat, Romania; d. 1999, New York) produced drawings, sculptures, photographs, and collages that continue to elicit critical contemplation. Having studied architecture in Milan, he fled wartime Italy in 1941 and became an American citizen two years later. Influenced by Dada, Surrealism, Cubism, and Pop, Steinberg’s varied output reflects the defiant humor, curiosity, and modernist attitude of an artist trying to make sense of the chaotic postwar period. Marked by a self-aware wit, his work embraces double meanings and philosophical content expressed through graphic means. Widely celebrated for his contributions to The New Yorker, Steinberg’s art became an exploration of social and political systems, language, and art itself.

Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace is a vital force within the art world and plays a critical role in shaping the history, creation, and engagement with modern and contemporary art. Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished legacy for vibrant and dedicated relationships with renowned artists. As the gallery approaches the start of its seventh decade, Pace’s mission continues to be inspired by a drive to support the world’s most influential and innovative artists and to share their visionary work with people around the world.

Pace advances this mission through its dynamic global program, comprising ambitious exhibitions, artist projects, public installations, institutional collaborations, performances and interdisciplinary projects through Pace Live, and curatorial research and writing. Today, Pace has seven locations worldwide: two galleries in New York––including its newly opened headquarters at 540 West 25th Street, and an adjacent 8,000 sq. ft. exhibition space at 510 West 25th Street––as well as galleries in Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

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