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2. Untitled (Darogle Aine), 1959 Ink & watercolor on paper 17 x 13.5" Gift of the artist

THE DRAWINGS OF SAUL BOLASNI

Nov 17 - Jan 23, 2010

At the age of twenty, Saul Bolasni, having had less than a year at the Cleveland Institute of Art, packed a roll of drawings and bought a bus ticket to New York. His immediate goal was to become a designer for Radio City Music Hall. That plan did not come to fruition, but Saul did very soon find work as an illustrator for magazines, especially for The New Yorker.

Saul also began to study dance after arriving in the city and landed jobs as a dancer in shows on Broadway while continuing to work as a free lance illustrator. In addition to The New Yorker , his illustrations appeared in Town and Country , Vogue , and Harpers . In 1942 Saul’s drawing of a Victorian dowager decorating an egg graced the cover of the Easter issue of The New Yorker .

A portrait of Lotte Lenya by Bolasni is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington; theater designs in the Museum of The City New York; and costume illustrations in the archive of the Fashion Institue of Technology.

In the 1960s Saul met Richard Taddei at a life drawing salon run by Edward Melcarth. Both of these artists are represented in the collection of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and in the current show SELDOM SEEN . Saul’s portraits of these artists are included in NEVER SEEN,which is part of a group of 56 drawings and paintings that the artist donated in April 2009 and is being exhibited for the first time.

Today, the young man who came to New York from Ohio is still enjoying life in the big city.

– Rob Hugh Rosen

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