Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Saul Steinberg's Pyramid #2

Every landscape by Saul Steinberg is a thing of wonder,  to be sure, but is it possible his Pyramid #2, from 1968, is a bit too symmetrical? Or do the faces of the pyramid, the different designs of the ink stamps, and the subtle gradations of his watercolor technique serve to relieve any possible monotony? Steinberg is no doubt aware of the issue, yet he doubles down by audaciously placing his signature and the date dead center above the pyramid. The stamps and seal form the vertices of a second pyramid, this one encompassing Steinberg's floating signature. No one can accuse this artist of shyness.

Saul Steinberg, Pyramid #2, 1968

Saul Steinberg
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Saul Steinberg, Pyramid #2, 1968

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