STEVEN PARRINO’S austere practice and straightforward approach to the art world made him a model to many of those who knew him and an influence on a wide range of artists. Following his untimely death at age 46 in a motorcycle accident early New Year’s morning, Artforum asked critic and curator Bob Nickas and sometime Parrino collaborator Jutta Koether to offer their thoughts on the late New York artist.
BOB NICKAS: I probably saw Steven Parrino’s work for the first time in 1984 at Nature Morte, the gallery Alan Belcher and Peter Nagy ran in the East Village. I’d never seen anything like it before, and it was love at first sight. A monochrome painting had been wrenched from its stretcher, the canvas pulled and distorted, then fixed back into place in a supremely frozen gesture. The folds of canvas were sensuous, like drapery, but they also suggested the crumpled body of a car after an
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