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    Hauser and Wirth West Hollywood to Unveil Painted Rain Exhibition by Pat Steir

    Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood gallery is holding an opening reception for the unveiling of the Painted Rain exhibition by artist Pat Steir. The reception will run from from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Painted Rain will be on exhibit from February 28 – May 4, 2024.

    Renowned American artist Pat Steir is set to unveil a new collection of paintings in her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in over 30 years. The exhibition, titled “Painted Rain,” will debut on February 28 at Hauser & Wirth’s West Hollywood location. Steir, known for her innovative approach that merges conceptual art, figuration, and abstraction, draws inspiration from her memories of Los Angeles, particularly the ocean and sky she experienced while teaching at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s.

    The exhibition will showcase a series of canvases exploring the color blue, punctuated by vibrant hues, created through Steir’s signature streaming, pouring, and layering technique. These new works, characterized by reverberating tones, extend her ongoing Waterfall series, where she relinquishes control to allow paint to shape its own image.

     

    The paintings in “Painted Rain” affirm Steir’s status as a leading contemporary painter, challenging the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition space will be transformed into a vibrant display of color and energy, with each canvas forming an undulating current of aqueous pigment cascading down its surface.

    Steir’s meticulous process involves priming canvases in green using a Verdaccio underpainting technique, overlaying a grid of chalk lines to plan compositions, and then carefully pouring pigments to create breathtaking rivers and showers of color. Each painting captures the circular relationship between abstraction and representation, exemplified by pieces like “Painted Rain #2,” “Friday Circus,” and “Blue.”

    In addition to the visual experience, the exhibition will feature a durational soundscape created in collaboration with Trina Basu, a New York-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teacher. This immersive element aims to enhance viewers’ engagement with Steir’s paintings.

    Complementing the exhibition in West Hollywood, Hauser & Wirth’s Downtown Los Angeles Art Center will present a special collection of Steir’s limited-edition etchings and aquatints from the 1990s and early 2000s. These works, produced in collaboration with Crown Point Press in San Francisco, underscore Steir’s longstanding exploration of printmaking alongside her painting practice.

    Pat Steir, born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938, has been a pioneering figure in contemporary painting for over five decades. Her innovative pouring technique, informed by art history and Eastern philosophy, has garnered critical acclaim, cementing her position as a leading artist in the field.

    The exhibition is a testament to Steir’s enduring commitment to material exploration and experimentation, showcasing her continued evolution as a visionary artist.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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