Friday, March 31, 2006


Once I tried to demonstrate to some animation students how wonderful Steinberg's work looks in a film screen and composed these on a film frame shape...He had drawn the credits of Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry" in 1955 and it looked quite amazing...He was also "the hand" that paints for Gene Kelly in "An American In Paris"....


Blogger Deluria said...

Los peatones son geniales

3:43 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Steinberg fue un genio dibujando la vida urbana.

5:58 pm  
Blogger Process Junkie said...

I was 9 years old and my mom had made arrangements for me to travel to NY, at the US consulate awaiting to be interviewed for a visa I saw several copies of The New Yorker at the coffee table, 2 of which had covers drawn by Steinberg, one of them had a bird's eye view of New York City, so cleverly conceived that you could see all the landmarks and streets all the way to New Jersey and beyond, that was my first introduction to his work. I was 9 or so, I was mesmerized, I wanted to see NY in person to compare Steinberg's drawing against the real thing, believe it or not, eventually I did and let me tell you, the drawing proved deadly accurate!

My visa to enter the US was denied, I sneaked into the country illegally 9 years later.

7:11 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Did they publish on the papers over there about the British Symphonic Orchestra that had to cancel their tour to the USA because of the ridiculous and unsourmontable problems of getting a visa to enter in the US?
The whole affair makes Kafka's fantastic stories sound like social realism.
Try to read Steinberg letters to Aldo Buzzi (Alas exists only in Italian!)to find out what he really thought about New York. Amazing book!...

8:05 pm  
Blogger Elliot Cowan said...

My younger sister has a mental disability.
After many years of saving for a family holiday we headed to the USA.
When we arrived in Hawaii, there were several stressful hours when they were unsure if they were going to let us in.
Their reason was that during the 70s, Castro used to dump downs syndrome kids in the US and leave them there (which seems far fetched to me).
They let us in and we had a nice time.
My mother waged war with the American consulate in Canberra and brief apology was given.

11:36 pm  
Blogger James Marcus said...

Dear Oscar Grillo,

I was delighted to come across your post about Saul Steinberg, whose genius I admire as much as you do. I did want to mention that his Letters to Aldo Buzzi has now been translated into English. The first third or so was done by John Shepley, and I did the rest. The Saul Steinberg Foundation will probably arrange to publish the book in 2008, with many more illustrations than appeared in the paperback Italian edition.

All bes,
James Marcus

4:03 pm  

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