The ancient Greeks had two words to indicate time: kronos and kairos. While the former refers to sequential time, the latter signifies “a time in between,” a moment when something special occurs. “Kairos,” then, was an appropriate title for this show of twelve new paintings by Pat Steir. In each of them, something momentous occurs at the center of the picturea vertical caesura that centrally divides the canvas. When I look at this liminal line, I think of the irreconcilable dichotomy of existence, encompassing the separation between spirit and body, essence and appearance. The fissure reveals the abyss that underlies each painting, a place that contains the time of becoming, the manifestation of a continuum. It is also a metaphysical space that alludes to the most authentic and secret life, as in Aporia (ancient Greek for impasse) and Morning Moon, both 2016–17. These two
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