In a must read interview, Brooklyn Rail publisher Phong Bui talks with painter Pat Steir. Steir talks in detail about her early work including Brueghel Series (A Vanitas of Style). The discussion provides insight into the progression of Steir's work, from image based works to gestrual abstraction, over the course of her career. Steir begins: "The first thing I want to say about it is that my subject was and is always the paint itself. No matter what you do with paint, it’s paint, though one is able to speak or sing or cry through paint, it is paint that is singing or speaking or crying."
Pat Steir, Winter Paintings is on view at Cheim and Read through March 26, 2011.