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Pat Steir, a major figure in American Art since the 1970s, has created some of the most ambitious and challenging drawings of the late twentieth century.

This exhibition concentrates on four distinct bodies of work: richly delineated serial investigations of line (1975-76); heroically-scaled wave drawings (1983-86); a series of stunning waterfall drawings (1991); and a new, dramatic series featuring broad, dark, gestural marks that sometimes serve as a backdrop for delicate pastel grids (2007-2008).

Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line is organized by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. The curators are Susan Harris, independent curator, and Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at The RISD Museum.

It will be accompanied by a 116-page catalogue, co-authored by the curators, fully illustrating all the drawings in the exhibition. The exhibition has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; Paula and Leonard Granoff; Locks Family Foundation; Judy and Robert Mann; John Cheim; Howard Read; an anonymous donor; and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Pat Steir
Kuratoren: Susan Harris, Jan Howard