View of the World from 9th Avenue
Saul Steinberg was a prolific artist whose drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages, and murals have been published and exhibited worldwide. Among his best-known works are his eighty-five covers for The New Yorker magazine, including this famous view of the world from the perspective of egocentric Manhattanites. By using the varying proportions of the horizontal bar graph, Steinberg created a map—not of real space, but of a parochial “mental geography.” Like many of his best cartoons, it mixes wry humor with serious social satire.
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes another design for a New Yorker cover, Ship of State (Eskenazi Museum of Art 77.26.2).
American (born Romania), 1914–1999
View of the World from 9th Avenue [Study for a *New Yorker* cover]
1975 (published March 29, 1976)
Watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, and black ink on paper
Image: 29 9/16 x 19 3/8 in. (75.1 x 49.2 cm); sheet: 30 1/8 x 20 ¼ in. (76.5 x 51.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.26.1
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