Andreas Prinzing (Ed.)
In 1958, illustrator Saul Steinberg, a well-known gallery and mural artist as well as a celebrated contributor to The New Yorker, was tasked to design a mural for the US Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair. The resulting vibrant, boisterous, and gently satirical collage, named simply The Americans, depicted the diversity of modern life through Steinberg’s eyes—from the small town to the big city, from the drugstore counter to the baseball diamond, from cocktail party sophisticates to middle American farmers. The 240-foot, eight-panel collage of brown paper cutouts, fabric and wallpaper fragments, clippings from comic strips and other ephemera was shown by the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, for the first time since the fair. This full-color exhibition catalog offers a critical reappraisal of the project, including a biographical essay from Iain Topliss and an essay from Melissa Renn contextualizing the mural within the collages of the historical avant-garde and mid-century pop sensibilities, as well as texts from Phillip Kaiser and Inga Rossi-Schrimpf.
9 x 10 1/2 in / 200 pp / 140 color
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