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Untitled [Mask]

A work made of black and purple crayons, over graphite with erasing, and white gouache, on cut brown paper bag.
© The Saul Steinberg Foundation

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  • A work made of black and purple crayons, over graphite with erasing, and white gouache, on cut brown paper bag.

Date:

1959–62

Artist:

Saul Steinberg
American, born Romania, 1914-1999

About this artwork

The art critic Harold Rosenberg wrote that Steinberg had introduced a new subject matter into postwar art: “the mystery of individual identity.” Between 1959 and 1963, the artist collaborated with the photographer Inge Morath, having friends and acquaintances wear paper bags on which he had drawn fantastic faces and then posing them for photographs. The resulting images present an array of attitudes, postures, and mannerisms, but the mask drawings themselves are ripe with innuendo.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Saul Steinberg

Title

Untitled [Mask]

Origin

United States

Date

1959–1962

Medium

Black and purple crayons, over graphite with erasing, and white gouache, on cut brown paper bag

Dimensions

366 × 194 mm (max.)

Credit Line

Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation

Reference Number

2013.1525

Copyright

© The Saul Steinberg Foundation

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