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Saul Steinberg: A Biography ❴EPUB❵ ✼ Saul Steinberg: A Biography Author Deirdre Bair – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, the definitive biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker s most iconic artists The issue date was March , The New Yorker cost cents And on the From National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, the definitive biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker s most iconic artists The issue date was March ,The New Yorker costcents And on the cover unfolded Saul Steinberg s vision of the world New York City, the Hudson River, and thenwell, it s really just a bunch of stuff you needn t concern yourself with Steinberg s brilliant depiction of the world according to self satisfied New Yorkers placed him squarely in the pantheon of the magazine s and the Saul Steinberg: PDF/EPUB ² era s most celebrated artists But if you look beyond the searing wit and stunning artistry, you ll find one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century Born in Romania, Steinberg was educated in Milan and was already famous for his satirical drawings when World War II forced him to immigrate to the United States On a single day, Steinberg became a US citizen, a commissioned officer in the US Navy, and a member of the OSS, assigned to spy in China, North Africa, and Italy After the war ended, he returned to America and to his art He quickly gained entree into influential circles that included Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Willem de Kooning, and Le Corbusier His wife was the artist Hedda Sterne, from whom he separated inbut never divorced and with whom he remained in daily contact for the rest of his life This conveniently freed him up to amass a coterie of young mistresses and lovers But his truly great love was the United States, where he traveled extensively by bus, train, and car, drawing, observing, and writing His body of work is staggering and influential in ways we may not yet even be able to fully grasp, quite possibly because there has not been a full scale biography of him until now Deirdre Bair had access toboxes of documents and thandrawings In addition, she conducted several hundred personal interviews Steinberg s curious talent for creating myths about himself did not make her job an easy one, but the result is a stunning achievement to admire and enjoy.


10 thoughts on “Saul Steinberg: A Biography

  1. Sarah Booth Sarah Booth says:

    Sometimes I thought this book 4 stars sometimes 2 It s fascinating and depressing and enlightening all at once Steinberg was a genius and a flawed human being as all human beings are He put out an incredible body of work despite the chaos in his life and depression The book doesn t really tell you where his particular brand of genius came from specifically as Steinberg was very private about this and his life, but fills you in on the people and events in his life and some of what he was read Sometimes I thought this book 4 stars sometimes 2 It s fascinating and depressing and enlightening all at once Steinberg was a genius and a flawed human being as all human beings are He put out an incredible body of work despite the chaos in his life and depression The book doesn t really tell you where his particular brand of genius came from specifically as Steinberg was very private about this and his life, but fills you in on the people and events in his life and some of what he was reading that give you many of the elements that contributed to it Reading about the life and the person of someone you admire is tough because they are human and their life is often at odds with their genius Those of us who are able to produce art, beauty or some other product that communicates to humanity do so despite the faults and shortcomings of being human rising above the chaos of human life to create something is the most impressive of all With all Steinberg s sleeping around and dinner parties it s amazing the amount of work he did His start in life was a life long challenge to him and he never got over being Romanian and what that meant to him as a Jew being persecuted for merely existing What an incredibly horrid way to have had to live growing up, it s sort of surprising that he maintained so much humor and whimsy His mother was an over bearing, complaining battle ax and his father cowed by her and this may be what colours much of his relationship with women during his life, he goes through them like books and at the same time surprisingly loyal He was an enigma He produced such remarkable art that left him at odds with being classified as an artist He was primarily a cartoonist to many, but that moniker limits his place among painters and other two dimensional artists where he also belonged as well his work transcended category


  2. Kate Kate says:

    Fascinating biography, but evenfascinating as a chronology of books that Steinberg read and that influenced him great reading suggestions here if only everyone read so widely and as the story of Steinberg s women Ada, who supported him with sex and cash Hedda, who supported him with maternal energy and cash and Sigrid, who supported him as someone he could alternately control, fund, look down on, love, have sex with, and ultimately string along for years until her untimely death It Fascinating biography, but evenfascinating as a chronology of books that Steinberg read and that influenced him great reading suggestions here if only everyone read so widely and as the story of Steinberg s women Ada, who supported him with sex and cash Hedda, who supported him with maternal energy and cash and Sigrid, who supported him as someone he could alternately control, fund, look down on, love, have sex with, and ultimately string along for years until her untimely death It would be facile to blame Steinberg for his philandering and general horrendous treatment of women, both as colleagues and as lovers, but damn, son I ve been reading a lot of artists biographies lately because I m curious to know what the narrative of the woman in an artist s life story is woman as artist, woman as woman of artist , and I found it disconcerting to read about how thoroughly Steinberg used the people around him.Still, the man made a niche for himself as a particular kind of genius, a kind that maybe began and ended with him I m pissed as hell that I missed his show at the Adam Baumgold gallery, because seeing reproductions of his work is a poor substitute for seeing it in person Oh, onething, I thought it was interesting that publishers kept paying him to put together books but they rarely soldthan 10,000 copies Think of all the Saul Steinberg books that have been pulped in our lifetime


  3. Elsie Elsie says:

    Eager to learnabout Saul Steinberg and his wonderful art, I picked up this book It certainly is comprehensive, documenting almost every breath he took for all of his 80 some years There is much to recommend it The author had full access to all of Steinberg s exhaustive archives and papers Better editing, tightening the prose and eliminating the repetitions would have been welcome Steinberg led a complicated life and the author did a good job at sorting out all of the pieces He was a Eager to learnabout Saul Steinberg and his wonderful art, I picked up this book It certainly is comprehensive, documenting almost every breath he took for all of his 80 some years There is much to recommend it The author had full access to all of Steinberg s exhaustive archives and papers Better editing, tightening the prose and eliminating the repetitions would have been welcome Steinberg led a complicated life and the author did a good job at sorting out all of the pieces He was a hated Jew in Romania, as a child He was a gifted architecture student and cartoonist in Italy where he escaped as a young man He never lost his affection for Italy even after they also rejected him for his Jewishness and forced to him to flee first to Santo Domingo and then to the United States He endured a love hate relationship with the U.S for the rest of his life, fleeing often but always returning In this book you will learn about every aspect of his career, with descriptions of many of his works of art, books and commercial commissions You will also learn too much for me about his extensive relationships with women, all of which were tortured He married once These parts of the book I learned to skim and I felt the extensive treatment of them detracted from the book They certainly didn t contribute to an understanding of his art This is a book that chronicles the life of a extremely troubled, sad man who achieved great commercial, artistic and financial success, but, because he was never able to overcome his troubled psyche, he never found joy in it


  4. Nancy Nancy says:

    Saul Steinberg.His drawings are deep but not disturbing.This biography is logically structuredand yet I found it unremarkable like a bicycle that works but that nobody would ever think of stealing.


  5. Susan Susan says:

    Oh, this book is so long it could have used a good better editor We did get it Steinberg knew every artist of note, and many authors too But why do we have to hear in detail about every dinner party On the other hand, Steinberg is an important and fabulous artist, born Jewish in Romania during WWI he never really recovered from the experience of being a Romanian Jew Though Bair doesn t specify acts of anti semitism experienced directly by Steinberg, the whole country and society was Oh, this book is so long it could have used a good better editor We did get it Steinberg knew every artist of note, and many authors too But why do we have to hear in detail about every dinner party On the other hand, Steinberg is an important and fabulous artist, born Jewish in Romania during WWI he never really recovered from the experience of being a Romanian Jew Though Bair doesn t specify acts of anti semitism experienced directly by Steinberg, the whole country and society was so anti semitic that its influence on his life and thinking was unavoidable The story of Steinberg s relationships with women, and his inability to be faithful or supportive an understatement to the two most important women in his life is troubling and sad He was a great friend to many measured in part by the large number of people he supported financially but that also led him to worry about money constantly and maybe subvert his art in his need to make money SO very interesting subject, fascinating life he knew everybody but too much detail and then oddly no mention of how his family survived WW II as Jews in Romania, which they did do


  6. Douglas Florian Douglas Florian says:

    Having been a total Steinberg fan in high school, I looked forward to reading this These 600 pages flew by, as Steinberg s life was rife with incident and notoriety I was amazed at the depth of research Bair did, delving into every event of an eventful life, such as trekking with wife Hedda Stern to Utopia Parkway in Queens to visit Joseph Cornell She also explored the psyche inside the rabbit s head, as Steinberg often depicted himself It altered my perception of the man, but not of his art Having been a total Steinberg fan in high school, I looked forward to reading this These 600 pages flew by, as Steinberg s life was rife with incident and notoriety I was amazed at the depth of research Bair did, delving into every event of an eventful life, such as trekking with wife Hedda Stern to Utopia Parkway in Queens to visit Joseph Cornell She also explored the psyche inside the rabbit s head, as Steinberg often depicted himself It altered my perception of the man, but not of his art The only element lacking in the book was the art itself, with very few illustrations Perhaps this was due to restrictions made by the estate I thought the jacket design was clever, sandwiching a photo of a masked Steinberg between a red horizon and blue sky, as Steinberg himself would often do in his landscapes


  7. A A says:

    A thoughtful and thorough biography of an under appreciated artist I grew up seeing and often saving Steinberg cartoons in The New Yorker, and over the years have accumulated several of his books and catalogues In college, I had his poster from Maeght in the 1960s But I knew nothing about the artist whose drawings I admired This book gives a complete history of Saul Steinberg s complicated and often sad life It seems that he knew everyone and had an impact on many He was kind and generous A thoughtful and thorough biography of an under appreciated artist I grew up seeing and often saving Steinberg cartoons in The New Yorker, and over the years have accumulated several of his books and catalogues In college, I had his poster from Maeght in the 1960s But I knew nothing about the artist whose drawings I admired This book gives a complete history of Saul Steinberg s complicated and often sad life It seems that he knew everyone and had an impact on many He was kind and generous almost to a fault He wasthan an artist and he wasthan a writer.Thank you, Deidre Bair, for revealing this important person


  8. Ally Bolin Ally Bolin says:

    Bair is an excellent biographer I am going to read her Beckett biography as soon as I can lay hands on it Saul Steinberg was an amazing artist, a fascinating character, and a bit of a jerk It is always tricky to read a biography about someone you admire Despite the fact that he was pretty horrible to women and a neurotic mess, I will always appreciate his whimsical and erudite view of the world.


  9. Bill Wells Bill Wells says:

    I loved Saul Steinberg as a kid in the sixties, but I didn t know much about his personal life This book was quite a revelation in examining his many fabricated biographies and his lusty sexual appetites In all I got the impression that fame and fortune never made him a happy man Despite that, this book did examine how he worked which seemed to be constantly , what his influences or interests were in relation to his art and his place in the art world of the time A very interesting book.


  10. Joe Meyers Joe Meyers says:

    Another amazing biography by National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair She shows us the key role Saul Steinberg played in 20th century American art The story behind the man who did the legendary view of America from Ninth Ave cover of the New Yorker in 1976 Steinberg was a pop artist long before Warhol the list of people he knew from the art, film literary worlds is awesome Book is beautifully designed too a strong argument for the book as physical object Another amazing biography by National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair She shows us the key role Saul Steinberg played in 20th century American art The story behind the man who did the legendary view of America from Ninth Ave cover of the New Yorker in 1976 Steinberg was a pop artist long before Warhol the list of people he knew from the art, film literary worlds is awesome Book is beautifully designed too a strong argument for the book as physical object


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10 thoughts on “Saul Steinberg: A Biography

  1. Sarah Booth Sarah Booth says:

    Sometimes I thought this book 4 stars sometimes 2 It s fascinating and depressing and enlightening all at once Steinberg was a genius and a flawed human being as all human beings are He put out an incredible body of work despite the chaos in his life and depression The book doesn t really tell you where his particular brand of genius came from specifically as Steinberg was very private about this and his life, but fills you in on the people and events in his life and some of what he was read Sometimes I thought this book 4 stars sometimes 2 It s fascinating and depressing and enlightening all at once Steinberg was a genius and a flawed human being as all human beings are He put out an incredible body of work despite the chaos in his life and depression The book doesn t really tell you where his particular brand of genius came from specifically as Steinberg was very private about this and his life, but fills you in on the people and events in his life and some of what he was reading that give you many of the elements that contributed to it Reading about the life and the person of someone you admire is tough because they are human and their life is often at odds with their genius Those of us who are able to produce art, beauty or some other product that communicates to humanity do so despite the faults and shortcomings of being human rising above the chaos of human life to create something is the most impressive of all With all Steinberg s sleeping around and dinner parties it s amazing the amount of work he did His start in life was a life long challenge to him and he never got over being Romanian and what that meant to him as a Jew being persecuted for merely existing What an incredibly horrid way to have had to live growing up, it s sort of surprising that he maintained so much humor and whimsy His mother was an over bearing, complaining battle ax and his father cowed by her and this may be what colours much of his relationship with women during his life, he goes through them like books and at the same time surprisingly loyal He was an enigma He produced such remarkable art that left him at odds with being classified as an artist He was primarily a cartoonist to many, but that moniker limits his place among painters and other two dimensional artists where he also belonged as well his work transcended category

  2. Kate Kate says:

    Fascinating biography, but evenfascinating as a chronology of books that Steinberg read and that influenced him great reading suggestions here if only everyone read so widely and as the story of Steinberg s women Ada, who supported him with sex and cash Hedda, who supported him with maternal energy and cash and Sigrid, who supported him as someone he could alternately control, fund, look down on, love, have sex with, and ultimately string along for years until her untimely death It Fascinating biography, but evenfascinating as a chronology of books that Steinberg read and that influenced him great reading suggestions here if only everyone read so widely and as the story of Steinberg s women Ada, who supported him with sex and cash Hedda, who supported him with maternal energy and cash and Sigrid, who supported him as someone he could alternately control, fund, look down on, love, have sex with, and ultimately string along for years until her untimely death It would be facile to blame Steinberg for his philandering and general horrendous treatment of women, both as colleagues and as lovers, but damn, son I ve been reading a lot of artists biographies lately because I m curious to know what the narrative of the woman in an artist s life story is woman as artist, woman as woman of artist , and I found it disconcerting to read about how thoroughly Steinberg used the people around him.Still, the man made a niche for himself as a particular kind of genius, a kind that maybe began and ended with him I m pissed as hell that I missed his show at the Adam Baumgold gallery, because seeing reproductions of his work is a poor substitute for seeing it in person Oh, onething, I thought it was interesting that publishers kept paying him to put together books but they rarely soldthan 10,000 copies Think of all the Saul Steinberg books that have been pulped in our lifetime

  3. Elsie Elsie says:

    Eager to learnabout Saul Steinberg and his wonderful art, I picked up this book It certainly is comprehensive, documenting almost every breath he took for all of his 80 some years There is much to recommend it The author had full access to all of Steinberg s exhaustive archives and papers Better editing, tightening the prose and eliminating the repetitions would have been welcome Steinberg led a complicated life and the author did a good job at sorting out all of the pieces He was a Eager to learnabout Saul Steinberg and his wonderful art, I picked up this book It certainly is comprehensive, documenting almost every breath he took for all of his 80 some years There is much to recommend it The author had full access to all of Steinberg s exhaustive archives and papers Better editing, tightening the prose and eliminating the repetitions would have been welcome Steinberg led a complicated life and the author did a good job at sorting out all of the pieces He was a hated Jew in Romania, as a child He was a gifted architecture student and cartoonist in Italy where he escaped as a young man He never lost his affection for Italy even after they also rejected him for his Jewishness and forced to him to flee first to Santo Domingo and then to the United States He endured a love hate relationship with the U.S for the rest of his life, fleeing often but always returning In this book you will learn about every aspect of his career, with descriptions of many of his works of art, books and commercial commissions You will also learn too much for me about his extensive relationships with women, all of which were tortured He married once These parts of the book I learned to skim and I felt the extensive treatment of them detracted from the book They certainly didn t contribute to an understanding of his art This is a book that chronicles the life of a extremely troubled, sad man who achieved great commercial, artistic and financial success, but, because he was never able to overcome his troubled psyche, he never found joy in it

  4. Nancy Nancy says:

    Saul Steinberg.His drawings are deep but not disturbing.This biography is logically structuredand yet I found it unremarkable like a bicycle that works but that nobody would ever think of stealing.

  5. Susan Susan says:

    Oh, this book is so long it could have used a good better editor We did get it Steinberg knew every artist of note, and many authors too But why do we have to hear in detail about every dinner party On the other hand, Steinberg is an important and fabulous artist, born Jewish in Romania during WWI he never really recovered from the experience of being a Romanian Jew Though Bair doesn t specify acts of anti semitism experienced directly by Steinberg, the whole country and society was Oh, this book is so long it could have used a good better editor We did get it Steinberg knew every artist of note, and many authors too But why do we have to hear in detail about every dinner party On the other hand, Steinberg is an important and fabulous artist, born Jewish in Romania during WWI he never really recovered from the experience of being a Romanian Jew Though Bair doesn t specify acts of anti semitism experienced directly by Steinberg, the whole country and society was so anti semitic that its influence on his life and thinking was unavoidable The story of Steinberg s relationships with women, and his inability to be faithful or supportive an understatement to the two most important women in his life is troubling and sad He was a great friend to many measured in part by the large number of people he supported financially but that also led him to worry about money constantly and maybe subvert his art in his need to make money SO very interesting subject, fascinating life he knew everybody but too much detail and then oddly no mention of how his family survived WW II as Jews in Romania, which they did do

  6. Douglas Florian Douglas Florian says:

    Having been a total Steinberg fan in high school, I looked forward to reading this These 600 pages flew by, as Steinberg s life was rife with incident and notoriety I was amazed at the depth of research Bair did, delving into every event of an eventful life, such as trekking with wife Hedda Stern to Utopia Parkway in Queens to visit Joseph Cornell She also explored the psyche inside the rabbit s head, as Steinberg often depicted himself It altered my perception of the man, but not of his art Having been a total Steinberg fan in high school, I looked forward to reading this These 600 pages flew by, as Steinberg s life was rife with incident and notoriety I was amazed at the depth of research Bair did, delving into every event of an eventful life, such as trekking with wife Hedda Stern to Utopia Parkway in Queens to visit Joseph Cornell She also explored the psyche inside the rabbit s head, as Steinberg often depicted himself It altered my perception of the man, but not of his art The only element lacking in the book was the art itself, with very few illustrations Perhaps this was due to restrictions made by the estate I thought the jacket design was clever, sandwiching a photo of a masked Steinberg between a red horizon and blue sky, as Steinberg himself would often do in his landscapes

  7. A A says:

    A thoughtful and thorough biography of an under appreciated artist I grew up seeing and often saving Steinberg cartoons in The New Yorker, and over the years have accumulated several of his books and catalogues In college, I had his poster from Maeght in the 1960s But I knew nothing about the artist whose drawings I admired This book gives a complete history of Saul Steinberg s complicated and often sad life It seems that he knew everyone and had an impact on many He was kind and generous A thoughtful and thorough biography of an under appreciated artist I grew up seeing and often saving Steinberg cartoons in The New Yorker, and over the years have accumulated several of his books and catalogues In college, I had his poster from Maeght in the 1960s But I knew nothing about the artist whose drawings I admired This book gives a complete history of Saul Steinberg s complicated and often sad life It seems that he knew everyone and had an impact on many He was kind and generous almost to a fault He wasthan an artist and he wasthan a writer.Thank you, Deidre Bair, for revealing this important person

  8. Ally Bolin Ally Bolin says:

    Bair is an excellent biographer I am going to read her Beckett biography as soon as I can lay hands on it Saul Steinberg was an amazing artist, a fascinating character, and a bit of a jerk It is always tricky to read a biography about someone you admire Despite the fact that he was pretty horrible to women and a neurotic mess, I will always appreciate his whimsical and erudite view of the world.

  9. Bill Wells Bill Wells says:

    I loved Saul Steinberg as a kid in the sixties, but I didn t know much about his personal life This book was quite a revelation in examining his many fabricated biographies and his lusty sexual appetites In all I got the impression that fame and fortune never made him a happy man Despite that, this book did examine how he worked which seemed to be constantly , what his influences or interests were in relation to his art and his place in the art world of the time A very interesting book.

  10. Joe Meyers Joe Meyers says:

    Another amazing biography by National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair She shows us the key role Saul Steinberg played in 20th century American art The story behind the man who did the legendary view of America from Ninth Ave cover of the New Yorker in 1976 Steinberg was a pop artist long before Warhol the list of people he knew from the art, film literary worlds is awesome Book is beautifully designed too a strong argument for the book as physical object Another amazing biography by National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair She shows us the key role Saul Steinberg played in 20th century American art The story behind the man who did the legendary view of America from Ninth Ave cover of the New Yorker in 1976 Steinberg was a pop artist long before Warhol the list of people he knew from the art, film literary worlds is awesome Book is beautifully designed too a strong argument for the book as physical object

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