During April and May the George Adams Gallery presents PETER SAUL: RADICAL FIGURE,
an exhibition featuring 20 paintings and drawings from the 1960s and 1970s.
Peter Saul: Radical Figure traces Saul’s career from his involvement with Pop-Art in the early
1960s to his tackling of contemporary political subjects in the later 1960s and “art about art” in
the 1970s. While his Pop and political works were intentionally provocative, even this last series
could be surprisingly controversial: In 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s acquisition
committee was horrified by Saul’s 10-foot long version of Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the
Delaware” (they acquired his “View of San Francisco #2,” 1986, instead).
Notable in the exhibition are a number of paintings never before or only rarely exhibited: “Gun
Moll” and “Valda Sherman” both from 1961, “Girl #2,” 1962, (paired in the exhibition with “Girl
#1” from the same year), and “California Artist,” 1973, (a portrait of William T. Wiley featured in
Saul’s exhibition at Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, that same year). Seldom or never exhibited
works on paper include “Toobs,” 1963, “New China #1,” 1965, “Tuff Sister,” 1970, and studies for
“Picasso’s Guernica,” 1976, “Nightwatch,” 1977, and “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” 1978.
Peter Saul has been the subject of four comprehensive museum retrospective exhibitions in the
United States and abroad. He has exhibited regularly with this gallery since 1960, as well as with
other galleries in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, and Geneva. His work is in numerous
museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art,
and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Peter Saul: Radical Figure will be on view through May 31, 2013. Gallery hours are Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 to 6, and by appointment on Mondays. For further information and
images from this and other gallery exhibitions, please visit our website at