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1000 WORDS: PETER SAUL

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH PETER SAUL? He is an anomaly in relation to everything except himself, wearing his outsider status as a badge of honor. Indeed, it is perhaps his resolute consistency that most warrants our recognition today: Throughout artistic trends spanning from Pop to the present, he has remained a relative constant, making no bones about his skepticism toward the modernist underpinnings and antecedents of contemporary art. But despite his polemical parodies of such figures as de Kooning and Duchamp—just look at Double de Kooning Ducks and Donald Duck Descending a Staircase, both from 1979—Saul has never been a reactionary. Postmodernist tenets of irony and pastiche would actually come to echo much of Saul’s beef, albeit in the kind of language that gives him hives.

Against the backdrop of Minimalism and Conceptualism’s rise, Saul’s turn toward overtly political subject matter in

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