3rd Floor

William Steiger: Nickel Plate

 – , 2011


Pace Prints is pleased to present a new exhibition by William Steiger, highlighting the artist’s new book Transport and reduction linocut print Red Caboose.

Transport, the first monograph of New York-based artist William Steiger, delineates the observation, the interpretation, and the process behind his portrayal of conventional and traditional American icons from a contemporary viewpoint. He sets his sights on the core of his subject matter – grain towers, cable cars, trains, and bridges – to distill the very essence of industrial imagery. Steiger’s graphic paintings zero in on geometrical traditions much like the work of machine – age Precisionism figures Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. The tangible, workaday American landscape is the nucleus of Steiger’s blueprint for his precise, ordered presentation.

As author Melissa Milgrom comments in one of the section openers, “Timeless and evocative, unpopulated yet overwhelmingly human, Steiger’s clash of nature and man never ceases to move me.” In addition to two introductory discussions by Richard Vine and Christopher Gaillard, ten section openers contributed by leading architects, critics, and curators accompany each group of paintings, prints and works on paper. William Steiger: Transport is published by Hudson Hills Press. The Special Edition of the book is a signed artist monograph which comes with Red Caboose, a signed 3-color reduction linocut print made by the artist at Pace Editions Inc. The print is limited to an edition of 100.

In coordination with the release of Steiger’s first monograph, a number of prints featured in the monograph will be on display. The exhibition title Nickel Plate, refers to the Nickel Plate Road, the mighty mid-central United States railroad that operated from the late 1800s until the 1960s. Numerous themes in Steiger’s work reference this railroad including the caboose, train signals, water towers and the tall stark elevator buildings built directly alongside the tracks. Steiger, who has worked in the printmaking medium of aquatint, linocut, screenprint and paper pulp, will show prints ranging in date from 1993-2010.

William Steiger was born in Summit, NJ in 1962. In 1984, he received his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and after several teaching fellowships, received his MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art in 1989. The artist has been granted numerous solo exhibitions and currently shows with Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY. William Steiger’s work is in the collection of Bank of America; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA; Exxon Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Pfizer Corporation; and Savannah College of Art and Design Galleries, Savannah, GA, among others. Steiger currently lives and works in New York.

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