Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Waterfall Veil, 2007
oil on canvas
72 x 51 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

White Moon Waterfall, 2006
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Secret Night Waterfall, 1989
oil on canvas
84 x 68 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Amsterdam Waterfall II, 1990
oil on canvas
78 x 90 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Untitled, 2003
oil on canvas
72 x 48 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Four Square Falls, 2000
oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

San Francisco Waterfall II, 2003
oil on canvas
84 x 60 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Small White Waterfall, 1989
oil on canvas
71 x 47 1/4 inches

Pat Steir waterfall Locks Gallery

Waterfall, 2009
oil on canvas
60 x 96 inches

Artist Bio

Pat Steir is an acclaimed figure in contemporary art history, known for her wall drawings and signature style of abstract painting. These works are an amalgamation of a deeply personal range of art historical references, at once material explorations but also spiritual, philosophical, and poetic ones. In the studio she pours, splashes, throws, and drips paint onto vertically hung un-stretched canvases. Steir’s practice embraces chance as a conceptual backbone for her work; the paintings form themselves through gravity and transform their own palette through the chemistry of the paint layers.

Associated with Conceptual Art and Minimalism and through a close study of Eastern painting, Steir’s contemporary process was developed in the 1980’s with her acclaimed Waterfall paintings. Her early work explored floral motifs often combined with a grid or color field, blurring the dichotomy between abstract and figurative work. Steir continues to self-reflexively explore the grand history of painting in her work. In these early pieces she would sometimes utilize overt references to specific art historical gestures and styles in her depiction of flowers, sometimes negating the image with a cross in a conceptual interrogation of iconography.

After developing her iconic Waterfall series where “gravity makes the image”, Steir continued exploring the fluidity of paint with various influences from landscape painting and increasingly subtle washes of paint pours. Starting in the mid 2000’s she began making split canvases that meet at the center in a kind of “zip”—playing off of Barnett Newman’s signature style, a process she continues to develop today. Often these works paradoxically evoke a deep space and call attention to their own flat materiality, a product of the systematic series of paint pours and chance-based chemistry. Moreover, this represents her own conceptual interests akin to Chinese painting, which embody binaries in order to form a harmonious whole.

Born in 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, Pat Steir’s work is now thoroughly represented in major museum collections in the United States and in many international institutions. The artist currently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam and has been the focus of numerous solo museum exhibitions and site-specific wall installations. Steir was the recipient of a Guggenheim Artist’s Fellowship (1981), a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant (1973), an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Pratt Institute (1991) and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston Unviersity (2001). She is a founding board member of Printed Matter bookshop in New York, and the landmark feminist journal, Heresies. Her work is included in major public collections around the world, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, CA; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Tate Gallery, London; the walker Art Center, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Abstraction:Resistance and Persistence
Third Floor Gallery
Abstraction:Resistance and Persistence
Pat Steir, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Agnes Martin, and Sol LeWitt September 1 – October 21, 2017
The Space Between Lines
First Floor Gallery
The Space Between Lines
Sol LeWitt, Ralph Humphrey, Thomas Chimes, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Pat Steir October 12 – November 17, 2016
Pat Steir
Second Floor Gallery
Pat Steir
For Philadelphia May 2 – June 21, 2014
Souvenirs
First Floor Gallery
Souvenirs
January 25 – February 28, 2013
Pat Steir
Second Floor Gallery
Pat Steir
Water and Sand October 14 – November 26, 2011
Pat Steir
Second Floor Gallery
Pat Steir
Paintings on Painting April 3 – May 19, 2009
Pat Steir
Second Floor Gallery
Pat Steir
Moons and Mirages May 5 – June 17, 2006
Pat Steir
Exhibition
Pat Steir
The Rhythm of Silence October 22 – November 29, 2003
The Armory Show 2018
Art Fair
The Armory Show 2018
Pier 94, Booth 729 March 8 - 11, 2018
Pat Steir
Exhibition
Pat Steir
The Floating Line at 'T' Space in Rhinebeck New York June 4- July 10, 2016
Pat Steir
Award
Pat Steir
Visionary Woman Award October 1, 2015
Pat Steir
Exihibition
Pat Steir
Museum of Modern Art, New York April 2014
Pat Steir
Exhibition
Pat Steir
National Academy Museum, New York, NY May 23, 2013 - Sep 8, 2013
Pat Steir
Exhibition
Pat Steir
Pat Steir: A View, at Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland Aug 4, 2012 - Oct 14, 2012
Pat Steir: Philadelphia Inquirer
Writing
Pat Steir: Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2014

"Pat Steir: By Chance" by Edith Newhall 

Pat Steir: The Brooklyn Rail
Writing
Pat Steir: The Brooklyn Rail
April 2014

"Pat Steir" by Phong Bui

Pat Steir: ARTnews
Writing
Pat Steir: ARTnews
November 7, 2012

"Pat Steir Paints a Painting" by Hilarie M. Sheets

Pat Steir: Art in America
Writing
Pat Steir: Art in America
June 2011

"Pat Steir" by Stephen Mueller

Pat Steir
Publication
Pat Steir
Text by Anna C. Chave 2011
Pat Steir: Paintings
Publication
Pat Steir: Paintings
Text by Doris von Drathen 2007
Pat Steir: Installations
Publication
Pat Steir: Installations
Text by Doris von Drathen 2006
Pat Steir: The Rhythm of Silence
Publication
Pat Steir: The Rhythm of Silence
Text by Doris von Drathen 2003