Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock
#11434

The Line / Types of Architecture Shores of the Mediterranean / Cities of Italy

Artist
Saul Steinberg
Date
2014
Publisher
Nieves
Format
Artists' Books
Size
1026.2 × 45.7 cm
Genre
Illustration
Description

Steinberg’s four long drawings were produced for the Children’s Labyrinth, a spiraling, trefoil wall structure at 10th Triennial of Milan, a design and architecture fair that opened in August 1954. The drawings were photographically enlarged and incised into the wall.

The Line, which begins and ends with a hand drawing, is Steinberg’s manifesto about the conceptual possibilities of the line and the artist who gives them life. As the horizontal line shifts meaning from one passage to the next—water line, laundry line, railroad track, among others—it comments on its own transformative nature. The Line occupied one of the structure’s three leaves, while the other two hosted Types of Architecture, Shores of the Mediterranean, and Cities of Italy. Types of Architecture is a satirical survey of world architecture (Steinberg was trained as an architect in Milan), from America’s log cabins to Bauhaus exaggerations to fragile skyscrapers. Shores of the Mediterranean presents a sailor’s-eye-view of the Mediterranean coastline, filled with the ruins and renascences of successive civilizations. The Italy Steinberg knew as a student in the 1930s resonates in Cities of Italy, as the inked line, drawn with the artist’s usual spare elegance, imagines an urban sprawl of campaniles, factories, piazzas, apartment houses, curlicued domes, and a water tank that seems to have escaped from a carnival.

  1. saul steinberg the line
 

Related Items

  1. Eunice Luk: Not a line, but a poem
  2. Rob Churm: Flicking Glass Snails
  3. I was happy then
  4. Rick Myers: Bite Marks in Paper
  5. Edward Sanders: A Book of Glyphs
  6. Michael Lee: Cinepolitans: Inhabitants of a Filmic City (exhibition catalogue)
  7. Benoît Stoeber: Stories of Philosophies, Printed Archive
  8. Shirana Shahbazi, Tirdad Zolghadr, and Tirdad Zolghadr: Medium #3: Drama
  9. Sabina Baumann: Finger aus Licht
  10. Jessica Williams: Diary
  11. Peter Piller: Deko + Munition
  12. Anders Edström: Safari
  13. Mehdi Hercberg: DRDR
  14. Jürg Lehni and Alex Rich: Things To Say
  15. Jason McLean: ’On the ropes’ , 2010
  16. flip Issue 2: 100% FUEL
  17. flip Issue 1: Ancient Erotic
  18. Lisa Robertson: Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture
  19. Peter MacCallum: Material World
  20. Archizines Catalogue
  21. Pascaline Knight: A Knight Move
  22. Rohan Hutchinson: Elemental
  23. JImmy Robert: Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line
  24. Maryse Larivière: Hummzinger
  25. Zora Mann’s Magical Coloring Book
  26. Rick Myers: Paper Poems
  27. Masanao Hirayama: 5055
  28. Peter Kalyniuk: Lost in a Crowd of Ghosts
  29. Ari Marcopoulos: The Pope’s Secrets
  30. Primitive Beast, Language
  31. Phil Woollam: Crossways
  32. Die Wandlungen
  33. William Leavitt: Alligator Maze Orchid