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Pat Steir

Although known mostly for her visceral and monumental “Waterfall” paintings, which are infused with a visual energy generated from her interest in Western and Eastern painting and philosophy, Pat Steir’s personal history as a painter proves to be far more complex as she reveals in her interview with Phong Bui.

Steir discusses her early struggles to become an artist while keeping up with the political turmoil 60s and 70s, and she reassures us of the beauty of following one’s own calling. She recognizes for the first time the importance of two works she painted during her studies at Pratt Institute (1956 to 1958): “Self Portrait” and “Woman Looking at Her Reflection.” In a thoughtful refection of her early years, and the aforementioned works in particular, she realizes that a throughline has existed in her work from the very start. She also speaks candidly about her recent body of paintings at Cheim & Read (February 17 – March 26, 2011).


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.