Gallery Met: Peter Saul, Figaro

Figaro
On the occasion of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Peter Saul
September 23, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Peter Saul’s "Figaro" is an exhibition of 5 original paintings presented in conjunction with the Met’s season-opening new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.  This is the first solo Gallery Met show for Saul, a mainstay of the pop art world for more than 50 years; he contributed a painting to last season’s group show "Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor."  Saul’s trademark style, which blends cartoon imagery with often grotesque and vulgar elements to provide social and political commentary, remains a significant influence on a younger generation of artists.  “It’s a question of bringing music—and bringing Mozart—into the world of modern art in ways that are unexpected,” Saul said. “I thought the paintings should have a certain visual force to them. And I hope I’ve related them to the opera as gracefully as I’m able.”

Singing Sandwich, 2014
acrylic on canvas
60 x 72 inches
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

The Singer, 2014
acrylic on canvas
70 x 60 inches
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

The Listener, 2014
acrylic on canvas
60 x 72 inches
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Mozart Duck, 2014
acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Duet, 2014
acrylic on canvas
64 x 72 inches
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Installation view of 
Peter Saul's Figaro.

Installation view of Peter Saul's Figaro.

Installation view of Peter Saul's Figaro.

Installation view of Peter Saul's Figaro.