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Installation image of Pat Steir's exhibition Considering Rothko at Lévy Gorvy Palm Beach
Installation view, "Considering Rothko," Lévy Gorvy Palm Beach, 2021. Photo: Oriol Tarridas

Pat Steir

Considering Rothko

Lévy Gorvy Palm Beach
March 6 – April 4 2021

Lévy Gorvy is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by American artist Pat Steir, debuting in the Palm Beach gallery on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Considering Rothko represents Steir’s personal exploration of and deep engagement with the legacy of Mark Rothko, which began with an early encounter between her and the famed Abstract Expressionist in the 1960s when Steir was starting out as a painter.

Created in her Chelsea studio in New York over the last year of quarantine, the 13 new paintings draw on her predecessor’s remarkable use of color and his investigations into the sublime possibilities of abstraction, portrayed through Steir’s signature pictorial approach.

Steir recounts of her meeting with Rothko in Cape Cod when she was in her 20s, “It was in the early 1960s; I was a guest at the Tworkov house in Provincetown, Massachusetts—Jack Tworkov and his wife Wally. I was friends with both of their daughters. Rothko was teaching for a few summers in Provincetown. I went up to him at a dinner party and I said, ‘Mr. Rothko, I love your work!’ I was worshipping him—and he said, ‘You’re a pretty girl. Why aren’t you married?’ He didn’t even register that I was an artist and loved his work. He looked like my father. So, when he said to me, “Why aren’t you married?” that seemed appropriate. I was disappointed. I was hoping to discuss color theory with him.”

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