Saul Steinberg Masquerade

Saul Steinberg Masquerade

by Inge Morath
     
 
Artist and photographer tweak the noses of their subjects in a series of playful portraits

Photographer Inge Morath and the late New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg engaged in a unique collaboration in the late 1950s and early 1960s by having friends and acquaintances don paper bags drawn with fantastic faces and then posing them for photographs. In a delightful

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Artist and photographer tweak the noses of their subjects in a series of playful portraits

Photographer Inge Morath and the late New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg engaged in a unique collaboration in the late 1950s and early 1960s by having friends and acquaintances don paper bags drawn with fantastic faces and then posing them for photographs. In a delightful series of individual and group portraits—now published together for the first time—otherwise respectable people have been implicated in their mischief. Morath's straightforward, reportorial style is the perfect counterpoint to Steinberg's charming, whimsical masks. The deadpan of the photography, the Paul Klee-like humor of the drawing, and the intriguing anonymity of the figures—we don't know who they are, but we know exactly who they are—stir a spirit of mischievious charm that will make this the perfect little gift book.

Editorial Reviews

Vanity Fair
...sequence of human cartoons...echoes of Klee and Ionesco, and a blast of Brubeck...collected in one volume, an homage to Steinberg....
— October
In the late 1950s and early 1960s photographer Morath and New Yorker artist Steinberg collaborated on photos of friends who wore paper bag faces for the event. Their photos appear here for the first time in a fine series of portraits of various subjects and settings. Whimsical and recommended for art libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670894253
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2000
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.54(d)

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