The Schirn is presenting the first comprehensive survey of the oeuvre of Peter Saul in Europe.




“Bad Painting” refers to a figurative current in art in the late 1970s where the faithful representation of a theme was abandoned in favor of a consciously poorly-crafted image that sought to provoke those who claimed to have ‘good taste’.

PETER SAUL

until 3 september 2017

In the late 1950s a lone wolf began a concerted attack on America’s high culture. Long before ”Bad Painting” became a central concern of contemporary art, Peter Saul quite deliberately offended good taste. In his unmistakable vein the artist developed a crossover of Pop Art, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, San Francisco funk and cartoon culture in which he addressed political and social topics. He shared Pop Art’s interest in the banal, the consumer society and the cheerful imagery of comics in bright attractive colors.
Not least of all his work is also connected however with the aesthetic strategies of the counterculture in California. An almost angry painting is revealed when Saul explores the American dream. Here we find simultaneously over extravagant humor and playful yet harsh criticism of the system. For the first time in Europe the SCHIRN is presenting a comprehensive overview of this great ”artist‘s artist“, who has received too scant attention to date.

An exhi­bi­tion by SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT in coop­er­a­tion with the Deich­tor­hal­len Hamburg / Samm­lung Falcken­berg

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CATALOG

Pop, Funk and antiheroes

TIP. In an interview with Martina Weinhart, Peter Saul explains how one day the magazine Mad opened his eyes and inspired him to adopt his very own artistic stance

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TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART

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