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The Line (Saul Steinberg, 2011)

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The Line
Saul Steinberg

30 Pages Leporello
585 x 25.5 cm
b/w Offset
First Edition

Saul Steinberg is concidered since his apparition during the 1940’s, like one of the best cartoonist. He quickly developp an intimate worl questionning the line, the mask, and a metaphysical way of seing life. This recent reedition is published by the excellent Nieves. Order here.

The hallmark of Saul Steinberg’s art is the inked line, always drawn with a spare elegance that expresses the semiotic richness of the line itself. As it shifts meaning from one passage to the next, Steinberg’s line comments on its own transformative nature.

The Line, the original a 10-meter-long drawing with 29 panels that unfold, accordion fashion, is Steinberg’s manifesto about the conceptual possibilities of the line and the artist who gives them life. His drawing hand begins and ends the sequence, as the simple horizontal line that hand creates metamorphoses into, among other things, a water line, laundry line, railroad track, sidewalk, arithmetic division line, or table edge; near the end, the curlicues etched by the iceskater’s blade remind us of the role calligraphy plays in Steinberg’s art.

The Line was designed for the Children’s Labyrinth, a spiraling, trefoil wall structure at 10th Triennial of Milan, a design and architecture fair that opened in August 1954. The drawing, photographically enlarged and incised into the wall, was one of four Steinberg conceptions used on the labyrinth.

About Sébastien Hayez

Art director, graphic designer & illustrator from Lyon, France. Admin at Co-admin of the Facebook group Archives Graphiques Curator at Writer at The Shelf, issue 2.

  1. David LauferMarch 8, 2011, 1:43 pm

    This is a great post- Steinberg is one of the true geniuses of the last century. How can we purchase this book? Thanks, David

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