David Salle


David Salle (born September 28, 1952; last name pronounced "Sally") is an American Postmodern painter, printmaker, photographer, and stage designer. Salle was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and lives and works in East Hampton, New York. He earned a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, where he studied with John Baldessari. Salle’s work first came to public attention in New York City in the early 1980s.

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American painter known for his composite paintings juxtaposing fragmented figures and environmental images, often using photographs from romance and pornographic magazines as his source material.

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United States


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David Salle

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