Graphics: The Message in the Medium

There were jittery calligraphs, concentric circles, anxious labyrinths and hysterical lines, not to mention stickpin Indians, Uncle Sam sphinxes, and cats and dogs and question marks, all up on the wall. As Frenchmen filed through Paris' Galerie Maeght last week rubbernecking, chuckling and occasionally snorting, the scene seemed readymade for a Saul Steinberg cartoon. As a matter of fact, Steinberg probably will make a cartoon of it—it's his show.

Hints from Embroidery. Breaking a 13-year, self-imposed ban on exhibitions, Steinberg picked Paris to display his recent work because the city "has a tradition of intellectual painters, and I think...

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