Saul Steinberg was born in Romania in 1914 and emigrated to the United States in the 1940s after a long stint as an architecture student in Italy. His work confounded categories and he was considered at various points a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a fine artist. Paul Goldberger described his landmark 1978 show at the Whitney Museum as “one of the best pieces of architectural criticism in years.” Roland Barthes called his drawings “a mirage…whose deceptiveness is always put off until later.” Steinberg’s association with The New Yorker lasted over half a century. His most famous drawing, “A View of the World from 9th Avenue,” appeared on the cover of the magazine in 1976. Photo taken by Evelyn Hofer and available through Wikimedia Commons under the license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en.
The Life and Death of a Line: Saul Steinberg’s “The Labyrinth”
Paul Morton follows the line through Saul Steinberg's "The Labyrinth," recently rereleased by New York Review Books....