Eli Waldron | Word Art

This selection of the "literary line drawings" by Eli Waldron (1916-1980) invites the viewer to explore the fascinating intersection of writing and drawing in his art. The selection on POBA is largest group of Waldron's word artworks exhibited to date; they show the power of both media to convey meaning synergistically. Created in a modernist, linear style made famous by artists such as Saul Steinberg and Paul Klee, they were drawn using felt-tip pens on the very same paper material used for composing his written works. Often featuring enigmatic captions, Waldron's drawings address wide-ranging, universal themes concisely, with wit and humor, while depicting diverse subjects, including a ghostly literary figure, Greek philosophy, mathematics, birds, cats, the Navajo, and a long-nosed man in profile.