Pat SteirExhibition

Pat Steir

Dominique Lévy is pleased to present an exhibition of Pat Steir’s paintings in London, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in the city in twenty-six years. A selection of works from 1990 to 2011 will be on view, including canvases from her celebrated Waterfall series.

The Waterfall paintings, which bridge the sensibilities of Conceptual art and Eastern philosophy, are contemplative investigations of space and chance. In this series, which the artist began in the 1980s and continues to produce today, Steir explores the technical possibilities available in paint, pouring and flinging it onto the canvas. This technique constituted an influential breakthrough in her style. To make the Waterfall paintings, Steir first applies oil pigment to canvases using thick brushes and slow, methodical strokes, sometimes working from a ladder. Her gestures are made with varying degrees of force, yielding marks that range from opaque and deliberate to thin, film-like traces. This method gives rise to shimmering mists and light washes of paint in some areas and powerful downward cascades in others. The Waterfall canvases appear dimensional and expansive due to their complex, multilayered palettes and dramatic colour combinations.

Synthesizing gesture with natural referent, Steir's Waterfalls demonstrate her ongoing investigation into the relationship between material and image. The line, the foundational creative mark, has a strong physical dimension in her practice. In the Waterfall canvases, Steir’s line is connected intentionally and reflexively to her movement. In this way, Steir questions the very possibility of abstraction: ‘It seems to me, when you put down a line, there is a line. How could that line be abstract? No matter what else it represents it is always still a line.’ Thus, in the Waterfall works, the line is a line, and the waterfall is a waterfall, rendered by actual cascades of paint.

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Pat Steir at Dominique Lévy London

March 22, 2017

Pat Steir at Dominique Lévy London
November 9, 2016 - January 28, 2017

Selected Press

Creators | Streaming Oil Waterfall Paintings Question the Formal Line

January 14, 2017

London gallery Lévy Gory is exhibiting New York artist Pat Steir’s bold oil paintings through January …

Harper's Bazaar | Creative Flow

December 1, 2016

It’s hard to fully comprehend the paintings of Pat Steir until you’ve stood in front of one.

Financial Times | Trickle-down effect: the method (or madness) of Pat Steir

November 4, 2016

In Pat Steir’s Manhattan kitchen there are drawings of dogs by her friends Wayne Thiebaud and Joan …

Interview | Artists at Work: Pat Steir

August 9, 2016

Pat Steir is a full-time painter, but in another life, she was likely an acclaimed poet.

Interior Russia | Pat Steir Gallery Dominique Lévy

May 18, 2016

Pat Steir - artist, who managed to marry Eastern philosophy, abstract expressionism and conceptual art. Steir …

ArtNews | Dominique Lévy Adds Pat Steir to Its Roster, Plans September Show in London

May 12, 2016

In the midst of an auction week marked by huge sales for work by Cy Twombly and Agnes Martin in New York, …