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Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories, and Sentiment

Pat Steir (American, born Newark, New Jersey, 1940)

Date:
1990
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
78 1/2 x 151 1/8 in. (199.4 x 383.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Kathryn E. Hurd Fund, by exchange, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.473
Rights and Reproduction:
© Pat Steir, New York, NY
  • Description

    In the 1980s Steir developed a technique that involved applying paint exclusively by dripping and flinging it onto the canvas. Despite the freedom of execution and the large areas of canvas to be addressed, Steir exercises expert control over her methods, which she developed in part through in-depth study of Japanese and Chinese painting. The pouring process also evokes comparison with the work of Jackson Pollock—but rather than painting on the floor, Steir works from a ladder on unstretched canvas tacked to the wall, pouring and flinging paint, water, or solvent from oversaturated brushes and allowing the fluid media to cascade down the length of the support. As she has explained, "the paint itself makes the picture…. Gravity makes the image."

  • References

    John Stomberg. Looking East: Brice Marden, Michael Mazur, Pat Steir. Boston, 2002, p. 77 (color).

    Marla Prather in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), p. 79, ill. (color).

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