Ahead of his major survey at the New Museum next month, seminal American painter Peter Saul is the focus of a new exhibition at Almine Rech in Paris. Entitled “Art History is Wrong,” Saul mounts new acrylic paintings that star a diverse cast of madcap characters including Donald Trump as a shark, Napoleon Bonaparte as a dog which seemingly recalls the composition of Jacques-Louis David’s iconic Napoleon Crossing The Alps (1801) painting, as well as god and satan in a dysfunctional father-son relationship.
With this fresh body of work, the artist continues to glean inspiration from ‘60s comic book culture, Chicago imagism, abstraction, and surrealism to develop explosive new pieces that shed light on socio-political issues while flipping art historical conventions. “With a certain exuberance, he shows us the world as it is: disorderly and chaotic,” described the gallery in a statement.
Tour the exhibition above and then visit Almine Rech’s website to learn more. “Art History is Wrong” is on view until February 29.
For more dynamic works, check out snipe1’s new pieces at Avenue des Arts in LA that fuses graffiti with Japanese folklore.
Almine Rech Gallery
64 Rue de Turenne