WHO: Pat Steir
WHAT: Winter Paintings
WHEN: February 17 - March 26, 2011
WHERE: Cheim & Read
547 West 25th Street
New York NY 10001
WHY: These vibrant paintings, while minimalist in composition, viscerally pop off the canvas. And while the colors and composition are chosen and controlled, the final outcome is subject to gravity, letting the paint make it's own moves.
Steir's newest paintings are constructed and divided simply and prepared with a dry ground. She determines and mixes the colors - thinning paint with oil - and from there begins a meditative process of pouring, dripping or splashing, patiently waiting as each paint layer reveals itself. The majority of the new works present canvases halved by painted panels of saturated, jewel-like color - glowing lapis lazuli blues, radiating golds, reds, ochres, and deep purple-blacks. The paintings' two halves interact at the center line, sometimes merging, sometimes exposing their divide. Ephemeral, overlapping fields of paint quietly share in the mystery of their making.
(From: Cheim & Read)
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