Pat Steir

Annemarie Verna Galerie

At the center of this small, concentrated exhibition of the work of Pat Steir are three oil paintings in several parts. These are sequences in which the individual painting, though independent, can fully disclose itself only in the context of the other panels. Only the interaction among the paintings in the sequence makes it clear that Steir’s concern is with the components of perception, as revealed by the sections of a painting that is intended to be read in its totality.

In I-R-IS, 1982, a work consisting of a horizontal row of three square paintings (each measuring 60 by 60 inches), Steir’s blend of conceptual thought and emotional act becomes particularly clear. Each of the three paintings shows a dirty blue ground, applied in a fluid, speckled manner and covered with a symmetrical grid like that of a blueprint or a map. On the grid covering the left-hand picture is a bouquet of irises

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