On View: New Work by Artist David Salle, Former Baldessari Protégé and Current Art-World Heavyweight

For the past 40 years, artist David Salle has led the way in shaping America's contemporary-art aesthetic. His highly sought-after pieces can be found in the best private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Whitney Museum in New York City.

Photos courtesy of the artist, Robert Wright, and respective galleries.

For the past 40 years, artist David Salle has led the way in shaping America's contemporary-art aesthetic. His highly sought-after pieces can be found in the best private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Whitney Museum in New York City. His next exhibition opens this weekend at London's popular Maureen Paley Gallery. Check it out if you're making any trips across the pond before June 1. But if you're stuck in the States, here are some highlights from Salle's career to keep you in the know.

Over the past 25 years, Salle has worked extensively with Tony-nominated choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. (Armitage has earned some serious street cred after working with Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Jeff Koons.)

Salle's essays on art theory and reviews of new artists have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, and Interview. Salle also writes a regular column in Town & Country magazine about art from the perspective of an actual artist, as opposed to a critic's.

In 1995, Salle directed Christopher Walken and Ethan Hawke in the cinematic adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-nominee Howard Korder's play Search and Destroy, which premiered at Sundance in 1995.

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Photos courtesy of the artist, Robert Wright, and respective galleries.

Trappers, 2013

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Photos courtesy of the artist, Robert Wright, and respective galleries.

Tennyson, 1983

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Photos courtesy of the artist, Robert Wright, and respective galleries.

Yellow Sail, 2010

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Photos courtesy of the artist, Robert Wright, and respective galleries.

Mingus in Mexico, 1990

Jamie Knowles is the founder and creative director of the online art destination and e-commerce site FolioCue.com, where you can see more of Salle's art and shop the style guide.

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