Pat Steir

TWO WHITES OVER ANTIQUE RED OVER CADMIUM RED . 2013


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Pat Steir is known for paintings in which paint is dripped, splashed and poured on canvas, resulting in fields of lush, saturated color. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1940, Steir began showing in the early 1960s, soon after graduating from Pratt Institute in 1962. Loosely aligned with Conceptual Art and Minimalism, her career began amid a hotbed of artistic debate concerning not only the aesthetics and production of art, but also the role of the artist. Steir’s early paintings questioned modes of both abstraction and representation, and led to works that attempted to eradicate any sense of narration or figuration. In more recent work, she, as the artist (her gesture, her intention), has also been eliminated. The act of painting is reduced to the materiality of paint itself. Compared to Abstract Expressionism, in which the artist’s mark, and thus his myth, is celebrated, Steir’s canvases express a Zen-like emptiness; she has made all attempts to extinguish the ego.
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NAPLES YELLOW AND MICA . 2013

COLORS WITHOUT NAMES . 2013

SILVER AND WHITE . 2013

YELLOW . 2013



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