Sunday, April 7, 2019

Saul Steinberg: Speech

Saul Steinberg salutes the speech balloon as only he can. The original 1966 art for Speech was offered for sale last August at the Mary Ran Gallery in Cincinnati for $4500. It was sold earlier this year. Steinberg may have ostensibly drawn a speech balloon but its content relates to his indecipherable document drawings and its outline invokes his maps. So the "speech" Steinberg has enshrined on a pedestal is graphically far more fanciful than any commonplace comic book speech balloon with which we are already familiar.
Speech, 1966
Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg
Mary Ran Gallery
Invaluable Listing Retrieved February 8,

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

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