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Hugh Steers

Curated by Russell Tovey, Hugh Steers will be on view in Fall 2021.

Favoring an ardent figurative style considered démodé in his lifetime, the painter Hugh Steers (1962–1995) produced canvases that carried the lineage of American painting into the AIDS era. Inspired by the likes of Edward Hopper and Thomas Eakins, and French masters such as Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, he imbued his classical compositions with the emotional propinquity that characterized his freewheeling queer community, which would be struck by the epidemic’s devastating turn. Steers himself was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1987 at the age of twenty-five, and he went on to create work that illustrated the physical and psychic spaces of sickness as well as the compassion shared among his circle that served as a balm to widespread neglect. Embedded with yearning, isolation, and grief, his expressionist and realist portraits incorporated a symbology venerating the nameless denizens of the New York downtown drag scene and memorializing loved ones lost.

A detail from a painting by Hugh Steers, titled Blue Towel, Red Tank, dated 1988.

Hugh Steers, Blue Towel, Red Tank, 1988 (detail)

Hugh Steers, Blue Towel, Red Tank, 1988 (detail)

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