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Jerry Saltz

Young-Hoffman Gallery and N.A.M.E. Gallery

Jerry Saltz’s work, a “25-year project” inspired by The Divine Comedy, was begun on January 1, 1975, when he started to locate some 150 personalities living anywhere from 1321 to 1975 and, in a large conceptual piece, charted their potential position in the levels of Dante’s Hell according to their degree of evil. His subsequent explorations of Dante were more subtle. There followed his Ghost Sonatas, blueprint-type rubbings, and then the illustrations and altarpieces which are currently on display. At present, Saltz plans to make 100 illustrations and 33 polyptych altarpieces for Dante’s Prologue and each of the 99 Cantos, the altarpieces based on the most successful of the illustrations.

His recent exhibitions were of altarpieces, Canto One and Canto Two. These are small boxes, 10x10“ when both wings are closed, 10x20” when they are open, made of wood with small metal hinges and pasted

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