The New Yorker cover
of July 4, 1964 is in
the show as The American
Sphinx, 23 x 14.5.
John Updike notes
"a catlike sphinx labeled
Vox Populi" delivering
"a rebus in a talk balloon
where a flag, a heart, a snake,
a pair of scales, a harp,
a handshake, and a cornucopia
add up to a mystical distillation
Below right is Riverhead Duck,
1986, 20 x 15. Dr. Marco Frascari,
Penn's chairman of architecture,
has chosen the Steinberg exhibition
as the setting for a lecture on "Comic
Architecture" to be given on Monday,
November 20 at 5 p.m in the
Arthur Ross Gallery, co-sponsored
by the Gallery and the Department.
It is free and open to the public.
Like Vladimir Nabokov and Louis B. Mayer, Steinberg is a discoverer of
the United States.
-- John Updike in the catalog's Introduction.
Steinberg's most famous composition,
A View of the World from Ninth Avenue,
was The New Yorker cover of March 29, 1976.
This is a bird's-eye view of the city from
Ninth Avenue in a straight line westward,
with space becoming ever more condensed,
and leading, according to American
imagination, to Asia. --Jean Leymarie
The tongue-in-cheek "view of the world"
that Steinberg invented has been copied
by cities, states and nations throughout
the world, often in post-card size. But
the real thing, at 28 x19, stands head and
shoulders above them all. In the show are
three small sketches and two other
full-size versions of the map.
Tuesday, November 7, 1995
Volume 42 Number 11