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Canto III 1 #124

A work made of oil pastel and graphite, with incising, on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of oil pastel and graphite, with incising, on white wove paper.




Jerry Saltz
American, born 1951

About this artwork

Now well known as an art critic based in New York, Saltz dropped out of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to cofound N.A.M.E. Gallery—for years one of Chicago’s most important noncommercial spaces—in 1973. This triptych was inspired by Canto III of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem the Divine Comedy, which takes place in Hell. Though Saltz clearly demonstrated talent, he succumbed to self-doubt and took a hiatus from creating art, working as a truck driver hauling art over long distances (which gave him plenty of time to develop his critical thinking skills).


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Jerry Saltz


Canto III 1 #124


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil pastel and graphite, with incising, on white wove paper


56.8 × 76.1 cm (22 3/8 × 30 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Phil Shorr

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