PLEASE EXCUSE MY LACK OF TALENT
signed and dated '12
acrylic, color pencil and graphite on paper
Sheet: 28 by 34¼ in. (71.1 by 87 cm.)
Framed: 33¼ by 39¾ in. (84.4 by 101 cm.)
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged at the corners of the reverse to the backing board. The right edge of the sheet is deckled. There is a slight undulation to the sheet due to the artist's chosen media. There is scattered stray media marks inherent to the artist's working method. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Peter Saul/Jim Shaw Drawings, January - February 2013
“Peter Saul… is a classic artist’s artist, one of our few important practicing history painters and a serial offender in violations of good taste. His career, while long, steady and admired, has never exceeded cult status. It’s an example of can’t-see-the-tree-for-the-forest visibility. The influence of Mr. Saul’s paintings, with their cartoony figures, lurid-lush colors, splatter-film expressionism and contrarian take on topical subjects, pervades recent art. It has contributed mightily to major careers, like those of Carroll Dunham and Elizabeth Murray. And it has paved the way for the neo-Surrealist noodlings of countless student painters spilling out of art schools… ”
(Hollad Cotter, “Provocateur: The Peter Saul Manifesto”, The New York Times, 15 August 2008)