Past Exhibitions

Peter Saul

Exhibition Through June 22, 2008

The Orange County Museum of Art presents the first major American survey of works by Peter Saul. Organized by the Museum with guest curator Dan Cameron, the exhibition features paintings and drawings from the early 1960s to the present, including large-scale “historical epics,” satires of art history, and several of his most recent paintings addressing World War II and the war in Iraq. After its premiere at OCMA, the exhibition travels to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Peter Saul (American, b. 1934) is among the handful of American painters and collage artists whose groundbreaking proto-Pop achievements in the late 1950s and early 1960s were demoted once the champions of that movement were anointed a few years later. Saul has always forged his own path, creating often difficult, funny, and trenchant works—“sick jokes” according to Robert Storr, distinguished curator and dean of the Yale School of Art. His art embraces personal foibles and important events in American history, such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. His twisted comic-book forms, artificially hot colors, controversial subject matter, and unquenchable ambition to provoke strong feelings through his paintings have kept him on the edges of the art world while also preserving, for over forty years, the freshness of his work.

"Peter Saul is some kind of national treasure"
–LA Times

"This summer's must-see West Coast painting show"
–LA Weekly

Peter Saul Tour Schedule:

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
October 17, 2008-January 4, 2009 

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
February 7, 2009–April 5, 2009

Image credit:
Peter Saul, Cold Sweat, 1999; acrylic on canvas, private collection. Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York
Peter Saul, Columbus Discovers America, 1992-95; Acrylic and oil on canvas; Levy Family Collection, Dallas
Peter Saul, Donald Duck Crucifixion, 1964, oil on canvas; Collection of Karin E. Tappendorf
Peter Saul, Bush at Abu Ghraib, 2006; Acrylic on canvas; Hall Collection 

Exhibition Credits

This exhibition is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art with guest curator Dan Cameron. 


Major sponsorship for this exhibition provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.