Pat Steir: New Paintings

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Pat Steir: New Paintings

May 14, 2019 - June 29, 2019

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Pat Steir is an acclaimed figure in contemporary art history, known for her site-specific wall drawings and signature style of abstract painting. In the studio, she pours, splashes, and drips paint onto vertically hung 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. The artist was raised outside of Philadelphia and its cultural institutions had a deep influence on her early artistic trajectory. Having exhibited Pat Steir’s work for over twenty years, Locks Gallery is proud to present this exhibition of new paintings that will be on view from May 14 through June 29, 2019.

For almost half a century, Steir has experimented with manipulating the ratios of pigment and medium for optimum effect. Her alchemic reactions are typically forged on a monumental scale by throwing, dripping, and pouring pigments across the canvas. The transmutation of material in Steir’s metallic paintings plays out before the viewer’s eyes as veins of glittering substances cascade across the surface.

Here, Steir takes a new direction, presenting an exhibition of paintings that are intimate in their unassuming size—allowing the seventy-nine-year-old artist to carefully control their compositions. Featured prominently in this new work is the reintroduction of intentional brush strokes into a style that, for the past twenty years, has been dominated by chance and natural intervention. Here we see the painter reclaiming the surface through luxurious strokes in the metallic pigments, a welcome accompaniment to the mesmerizing drips and veins that are typical of Steir’s split paintings.


May 14, 2019
June 29, 2019
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Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA United States
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