NEW YORK, NY.-
Visible through the Madison Avenue windows of the Whitney Museum of American Art
is a vast new wall painting created by artist Pat Steir, commissioned by Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitneys Alice Pratt Brown Director. The painting, which went on view to the public in late December, is on a large west-facing wall in the Museums Lower Gallery level. The wall encloses the space where the Whitneys restaurant is being renovated in preparation for the opening, in spring 2011, of a new café by Danny Meyers Union Square Hospitality Group.
Another Nearly Endless Line (2010) is composed on a wall washed with fourteen layers of transparent blue and purple acrylic paint, with a chalk grid of Pompeian red drawn upon the ground, and a swirling, undulating, painted line in red, orange, and yellow. The painted line, perhaps evoking a text, a road, a message, or a musical score, pulls the eye from the upper left across the wall and back again, until the line seems to disappear into the floor. Speaking of the work, the artist noted, Its almost like a map you cant follow, a road map to a place you cant go
This is Steirs second wall painting for the Whitney; the previous one was done by the artist in the same location in 1997.
Steirs earlier site-specific wall installation, The Nearly Endless Line, is currently on view, through January 9, at Sue Scott Gallery on Rivington Street in downtown Manhattan.
Steir, a major figure in American art since the 1970s, has created some of the most ambitious and challenging drawings of the last four decades. A survey of forty years of her work was recently exhibited at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. She has created wall paintings in many other cities and at other museums going back to the 1980s when she painted a wall at the former home of the New Museum. Her work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Tate in London, and the Whitney, among many others. She lives and works in New York.