Art: P Is for Prosciutto

Saul Steinberg, 37, is the Picasso of U.S. cartoonists. He can manipulate a line the way a Texan handles a lariat, shift from a vast architectural spoof to a pompous portrait miniature in as little time as it takes to turn a page of a sketchbook. A born experimenter, he is constantly thinking up new ways to get sardonic effects.

Last week, Steinberg's latest experiments filled two usually sober-sided Manhattan galleries with pen & ink pyrotechnics. Typical Steinberg ingenuity transformed fur-swathed matrons into molting kiwis, Cadillac convertibles into rococo holy-water fonts. In a panorama of the Piazza San Marco, he turned Venice's...

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