Dallas Museum of Art Bulletin, 1986/87 Winter Page: 10
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Concentrations 14: Pat Steir
November 1, 1986-January 4, 1987
6 Pat Steir (American, b. 1938)
from The Bruegbel Series (A
Vanitas of Style), 1982-84
8 x 8 grid, polychrome, oil on
64 panels, each 28V2" x 22V!"
Courtesy of the artist and
Michael Klein, Inc., New York
The I rlWeg' el Series (A \mitas of StYvle)
consists of a series of 16 monochrome and
( - polychrome paintings by noted con-
tcmporary American artist Pat Steir. Using
ai l'th century still life painting by Jan
Brueghel the Elder as her model, Steir
has worked for the last several years
( 1982-1984) to paint a monumental study
of the history of pictorial styles. Steir
organized her study of style by enlarging
the original painting and developing this
primary form into a series of 64 separate
panels, all of them the size of the original
Brueghel (28'2" x 221"). Each individual
panel represents a particular style, and in
most cases the quotation is derived from
the style of an individual artist: Chardin,
Matisse, or Remhrandt, for example. In
other instances the canvases reflect
broader movements and style, such as
Cubism, or Futurism.
This Concentraations presentation is part
of a continuing series of DMA exhibitions
which focus on the work of living artists,
thus serving as an index to recent develop-
ments in contemporary art. The series is
supported by a grant from The Dallas
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