Pat Steir  

Paintings and Prints
January 11 and April 12, 2008

Pat Steir is an American painter and printmaker. She was born in 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, and currently lives in New York City. She attended the Pratt Institute in New York in 1956–58 and Boston University College of Fine Arts in 1958–60. She then returned to Pratt to receive a BFA in 1962. Both institutions have honored her: Boston University in 2001 with a Distinguished Alumni Award and Pratt in 1991 with an honorary doctorate.

In 1962, the year she graduated from art school, Steir was included in a group show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georga. In 1964, her work was in a show called “Drawings” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her first one-person exhibition was at the Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York, in 1964. During that time, she worked in New York as an illustrator and a book designer. Around 1970 she became friends with Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, and other conceptual artists, and she made a trip to New Mexico to visit Agnes Martin.

She rose to fame in the 1970s with monochromatic canvases of roses and other images that were X-ed out. The artist explained, “I wanted to destroy images as symbols. To make the image a symbol for a symbol. I had to act it out—make the image and cross it out. …no imagery, but at the same time endless imagery. Every nuance of paint texture worked as an image.”

Steir’s first museum exhibition, in 1973 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, marks the beginning of a career dense with painting exhibitions. She has also made installation work (shown at Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany, in 1992) and is an important printmaker. Crown Point Press began publishing her prints in 1977 and in 1983 the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, gave her a print and drawing exhibition. A print retrospective at the Cabinet des Estampes in Geneva traveled to the Tate Gallery in London. Steir has had one-person painting exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in 1984 and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 1987, both of which traveled to other museums, many in Europe.

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D. C.), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City), the Tate Gallery (London) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) are among the public collections holding artwork by Pat Steir. She is represented by Cheim and Reid in New York.

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Dragon Waterfall, 2003
Four-color screenprint
Edition of 35, 9/35
Image size: 47.5 x 24 inches
Paper size: 56.25 x 32 inches
Framed: 63 x 37 inches

Blue Moon Waterfall, 1999
Photogravure, handcoloring with chine collé
Edition of 30, 2/30
Image size: 21 x 19.5 inches
Paper size: 29 x 25.5 inches
Framed: 30 x 27.5 inches
August Waterfall, 2000
Photogravure, aquatint and pochoir
Edition of 30, 24/30
Image size: 21 x 17.5 inches
Paper size: 29 x 24 inches
Framed: 32 x 27.5 inches
Starry Night, 2000
Photogravure, aquatint and pochoir
Edition of 30, 1/30
Image size: 21 x 18.75
Paper size: 29 x 25.5 inches
Framed: 30.5 x 27.25 inches
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Blue, 2004
10 color silkscreen
Edition of 40, 17/40
Image size: 48 x 35 inches
Paper size: 56.5 x 43 inches
Framed: 58.75 x 45.25 inches
Waterfall #30, 2003
Handpainted monoprint with oil based Paint on a screenprint
Paper size: 57 x 32 inches
Framed: 57.5 x 32.5 inches
July 14th, 8pm, 2001
Etching, aquatint, whiteground, softground and pochoir
Image size: 19.5 x 19.5 inches
Paper size: 24.75 x 24 inches
Framed: 26.5 x 26 inches
Alphabet: Secondary, 2007
Color soap ground and sugar lift aquatints with hard ground
Edition of 20, 7/20
Image size: 23.5 x 44.5 inches
Paper size: 33 x 53 inches
inches Framed: 37.5 x 58 in.
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Waterfall #9, 2003
Handpainted monoprint with oil based Paint on a screenprint
Paper size: 57 x 32 inches
Framed: 57.5 x 32.5 inches
UNTITLED, 2006
Hand painted monoprint with oil based paint on screenprint
Image and paper size: 48 x 35 inches
Framed: 49.5 x 36.5 inches
Green Mist, 2007
Oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches
White on White Splash Up, 2007
Oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches
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Moon Beam, 2005
Oil on canvas
109 x 137 inches
Totally Silver with Pink Waterfall, 1989
Oil on canvas
90 x 77 inches
Pink, White, Gold, 2007
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
Four Yellow / Red Negative Waterfall, 1993
Oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches
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Florida Waterfall Three Marks, 2007
Oil on canvas
72 x 51 inches
New Graphic White Waterfall with One Black Stroke, 2007
Oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches
Roman Series V, 1993
Oil on canvas
32 x 32 inches
Potentially Pat’s Living Room, 2007
Oil on canvas
84 x 81 inches