• Peter Saul, Vietnam, 1966, oil on canvas, 79 1/4 x 67".

    Peter Saul, Vietnam, 1966, oil on canvas, 79 1/4 x 67".

    Peter Saul

    Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
    900 Camp Street
    February 14–May 24, 2009

    Orange County Museum of Art
    1661 W. Sunflower Ave.
    June 22–September 21, 2008

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
    118-128 North Broad Street
    October 18, 2008–January 4, 2009

    Curated by Dan Cameron

    Peter Saul has been enjoying (or mired in) a protracted state of critical rediscovery for nearly twenty years—a process that may finally reach its conclusion with the artist's first American survey, organized by guest curator Dan Cameron. We've long heard how Saul's acrid allegories of rubbery humanoids stood apart from Pop's prevailing pieties and paved the way for artists from Mike Kelley to Dana Schutz, but this show of roughly fifty paintings and drawings made since the late 1950s will put his own oeuvre squarely in the spotlight. At a time when global politics seem as cruel and surreal as those depicted in Saul's paintings, he'll likely survive the glare. Travels to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Oct. 18, 2008–Jan. 4, 2009; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Feb. 14–May 24, 2009.