Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Saul Steinberg: Speech Table

The title gives it away. Those odd pointy paired shapes on Saul Steinberg's 1972 Speech Table are not protractors or compasses but abstract, mechanized renditions of speech balloons. The table surface that Steinberg constructed with these images represents a drafting table complete with pencils and rulers. The artist's drafting tools are frequently represented in his creation. In 2016 this construction sold for $23,750, more than double the low estimate.
Speech Table, 1972
Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg
First Open / Post-War and Contemporary Art
Sale 12123, Lot 156
Christie's New York 28 September 2016

  For further reading, see "The Art of Speech Balloons" on David Apatoff's Illustration Art blog. Word.

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