PAT STEIR: ARTIST
A Film by Veronica Gonzalez Peña
May 13, 2019, Barnes Foundation
The groundbreaking artist Pat Steir, a leading light in the development of Conceptual Abstraction and a trailblazing feminist, has been on the forefront of American painting for half a century, and her professional and personal life have intersected with many of the most influential artists and poets of her generation—from Sol Lewitt to Agnes Martin to John Cage to Anne Waldman. This intimate, revelatory portrait by Steir’s friend, the novelist and filmmaker Veronica Gonzalez Peña, was shot over the course of three years primarily in Steir’s home and studio. Enlivened by a visually poetic style and the clear affection between filmmaker and subject, the film offers a profound look into the life of an artist.
Veronica Gonzalez Peña is a writer and filmmaker. In 2006 she founded rockypoint Press, a series of artist/writer collaborative prints, books, and films. She is the author of two novels, twin time: or how death befell me,and The Sad Passions, both published by semiotext(e). Veronica’s book on the Mexican Drug War, So Far From God, was part of the semiotext(e) exhibition in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her fourth film, Pat Steir: Artist is an intimate and poetic film about a truly groundbreaking woman artist.
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