Well-populated by images of the president, Peter Saul’s new show “Fake News,” at Mary Boone Gallery through October 28, is hardly a palliative, but it does illustrate the crass absurdity of the current moment.[...]Saul, now eighty-three, has been categorized as a political pop artist and a proto-punk neo-surrealist, although he has as much in common with the grotesque Mad magazine cartoonist Basil Wolverton as with any American painters.
He’s done Nixon and Reagan (both as governor and president) as well as George W.
With candy colors placed in the service of gross physical distortion and blandly offensive savagery—crucifixions are common, the electric chair is a frequent prop—his unnaturally festive work would scarcely seem out of place on the wall of a Venice Beach tattoo emporium.
The double exhibition, which will take place parallel in the Drents Museum Assen (NL) and in the Kunsthalle Emden, presents American realism from 1945 to the present, including works by Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, Martha Rosler, Alex Katz and Chuck Close.
It is the first great overview exhibition on American realism in Europe.
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today examines how the Internet has radically changed the field of art, especially in its production, distribution, and reception.