David Salle – A Drunken Chauffeur

David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 8a

David Salle: ‘A Drunken Chauffeur’, 1983, portfolio of 8 screenprints, printed in colours, from multiple stencils, each signed, numbered, size image and sheet, each: 29 3/4 × 41 15/16 in / 75.57 × 106.52 cm, edition of 45 + 10 AP’s. Price upon request.

About this Artwork

These eight silkscreen prints by David Salle viewed in abstract terms the prints are airy, elegant and even pretty, in sharp contrast to the ominous chaos of their subjects: “The Drunken Chauffeur.” Each print is a horizontal rectangle divided into a grid of six equal parts. The images are figures or comic-book animals sketched with an easygoing hand, and they overlap each other and the grid in complicated ways. They change colors, for instance, when they cross the borders of the grid, and they are drawn in at least three different scales what we might call supersize (way larger than the format and visible only in fragments such as shoulder or arm), regular size (just right for heads) and small size (good for full-length figures inserted like anecdotes into the melange). All of this makes sequential reading of the images impossible, although one cannot help trying the juxtapositions are bewildering but provocative, a manic mix of men and women going through bad, confusing times. Presumably not for nothing is a revolving door featured in each of two of the prints, because the stories they tell seem to have neither beginnings nor endings. Is the artist the drunken chauffeur of the title? His tour of contemporary life in the Western world certainly is dizzying and chilling.

About David Salle

It is said that American artist David Salle (born 1952 in Norman, Oklahoma) helped define postmodern sensibility in art. His works relect characteristically rich pictorial language and numerous visual sources, which range from art history and design to advertising and pop culture. His realm of cultural and artistic references, not to mention his questioning of hierarchical and closed systems, however, often eludes the confines of classification through his process of selection and interruption, in turn generating different interpretations. Salle has mentioned the influence of filmmakers Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Preston Sturges on his thinking beginning in the mid-1970s. Cinematic devices from close-ups and zooms to panning, montage, and splicing have indeed been recognized in his work. Salle soon gained prominence as a leader in the return to figurative painting of the 1980s. In 1983, he began working on very large canvases, some of which include art-historical references. Salle’s work for the stage began in 1981, when he was asked to design the set and costumes for Birth of the Poet, a play by Kathy Acker under the direction of Richard Foreman. He has designed sets and costumes for numerous works by Karole Armitage—an avant-garde choreographer and dancer with whom he lived for seven years—beginning with their 1985 collaboration on The Mollino Room, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre.Salle has continued to paint alongside his work for the stage, creating such series as the Tapestry Paintings (1989–91), Ballet Paintings (1992–93), and Early Product Paintings (1993). In the 1990s, he added sculpture to his oeuvre and began exhibiting his black-and-white photographs, many of which were made in preparation for canvases. He also directed the commercial film Search and Destroy (1995), which was produced by Martin Scorsese and features Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, and Christopher Walken. In his work since 2004, Salle has added the vortex motif as a compositional strategy in his painting, juxtaposing the cartoonish, abstract form with his characteristic representational imagery.
David Salle: A Drunken Chauffeur, 1983, see all of 8 screenprints:

Drunken Chauffeur, 1983, Serie mit 8 Blättern, signiert, Siebdruck, Format: 75 x 106,5 cm, lim. Auflage: 45 Exemplare + 10 AP's.


David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 2 - Serie mit 8 Blättern, signiert, Siebdruck, Format: 75 x 106,5 cm, lim. Auflage: 45 Exemplare + 10 AP's



David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 5


David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 6


David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 7


David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 8


David Salle - The Drunken Chauffeur 8a





Born 1952 in Norman Oklahoma
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, MFA

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, BFA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

David Salle, Maureen Paley, London
David Salle – Collage, Galeria Mendes Wood, São Paulo
David Salle: Ghost Paintings, The Arts Club, Chicago
Leeahn Gallery, Daegu
Leeahn Gallery, Seoul

David Salle: Ghost Paintings, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago

David Salle, Lever House Art Collection, New York
Ariel and Other Spirits, The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York
Tapestries/ Battles/ Allegories, Lever House Art Collection, New York
Wrestlers and others, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Maureen Paley, London

Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover

Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
Studio d/Arte Raffaelli, Trento

Galleria Cardi, Milan
Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac, Salzburg
Deitch Projects, New York
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen

Life is a Vortex, Galleria In Arco, Turin

Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Stella Art Gallery, Moscow
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Waddington Galleries, London
Emilio Mazzoli Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea, Modena

Galleria Cardi, Milan
Lehmann Maupin, New York

Gagosian Gallery, New York
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, A.C., Monterrey
Dreams on Paper, Galleria In Arco, Turin
David Salle – Dreams on Paper, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli – Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento
David Salle, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam;
traveled to: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig;
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin;
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
David Salle – The Drunken Chauffeur, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
Itochu Gallery, Tokyo

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills.
Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Galerie Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris

Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich
Gagosian Gallery, New York

Gagosian Gallery, New York
David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery, New York

David Salle: New Works, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Newport Harbor Art Museum, California

Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Gagosian Gallery, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York (photographs)
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston
Fred Hoffman Gallery, Santa Monica
Castelli Graphics, New York

Waddington Galleries, London
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne

Castelli Gallery, New York. (with Jasper Johns and Bruce Naumann)
Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, New York
The Menil Collection, Houston
Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid;
traveled to: Staatsgalerie Modern Kunst, Munich;
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv;
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich
Spiral Garden, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston
Castelli Graphics, New York
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund;
traveled to: Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark;
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
traveled to: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles;
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

Texas Gallery, Houston
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Mario Diacono Gallery, Rome
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Galerie Schellmann & Kluser, Munich (with Francis Picabia)
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

Mary Boone Gallery
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich
Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Lucio Amelio Gallery, Naples

Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

Gagosian/Nosei Webber, New York

Helsinki Paulo, Brazil

David Salle – 1999, by David Salle (Author), Rudi Fuchs (Author), Arjen Mulder (Author)

David Salle –  Distance from Nowhere. (Englisch) – 30. März 2009

David Salle – Ice Flow. Paintings and Watercolors, 2001, by Hullot-Kentor Robert (Author), Salle David (Illustrator)

David Salle- Works on Paper – Arbeiten auf Papier, 1974-1986: Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, 29. Juni-10. August, 1986 : Aarhus Kunstmuseum, 5. September – 12. Oktober 1986 (German Edition)

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