March 4 - July 26, 2015

Relax in Electric Chair:
Peter Saul at di Rosa

Gatehouse Gallery

Peter Saul‘s lush and masterfully rendered paintings have been admired and derided far and wide for more than 50 years. A San Francisco native, Saul (b. 1934) has charted his own candy-colored course from California to Paris to Austin to New York, exploring sex, money, politics, self-loathing, food, war, death, and many combinations therein.

This presentation marks the first time all seven Saul works in the di Rosa collection have been exhibited simultaneously. It is also the artist’s first solo Northern California exhibition in over 10 years. In addition to several works on canvas, this presentation includes one of only two Saul sculptures in existence, the seminal Relax in Electric Chair (Dirty Guy) from 1965. Its title speaks to the trademark blend of comfort and alarm that accompanies a typical Peter Saul viewing experience. Together, this arresting collection presents the outline of a singular career defined less by trends than by bucking them. Curated by Amy Owen and Jordan Stein.

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This exhibition is part of Collection in Focus, an ongoing series of exhibitions that highlight important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.

Related Public Programs & Events:

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 4-5 PM
In Conversation: Peter Saul
Location: Gatehouse Gallery