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William Steiger – Thrills

‘Thrills’ is William Steiger’s 10th solo show at Margaret Thatcher Projects in Chelsea. The exhibition contains recent work: he produced most of the paintings and collages in 2016. Born in 1962 in Summit, NJ, Steiger currently lives and works in New York City. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, the US and Asia, and since 2005 he has sold works at auction in the US.

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William Steiger, ‘Elevated’ (2016). Collage with gouache, glue and found paper, on paper. Framed: 14.5 x 18.5 inches (37 x 47 cm). Image © William Steiger, Courtesy Margaret Thatcher Projects.

Reminiscent of the Precisionism of Charles Sheeler, Steiger’s stylised urban landscapes depict the roller coasters, trams and skyscrapers typical of early 20th Century American architecture. By excluding human forms, by removing structural details and through his sparse use of colour he achieves a level of abstraction that reduces the buildings to two-dimensional renderings, almost as if they were still on the architect’s drawing board. His low-angle perspectives further emphasise the clean lines and striking beauty of these American icons.

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William Steiger, ‘New Yorker’ (2016). Collage with gouache, glue and found paper, on paper. 13.5 x 19 inches (34 x 48 cm). Image © William Steiger, Courtesy Margaret Thatcher Projects.
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William Steiger, ‘New Yorker’ (2016). Collage with gouache, glue and found paper, on paper. 13.5 x 19 inches (34 x 48 cm). Image © William Steiger, Courtesy Margaret Thatcher Projects.

Similarly, in his rural landscapes, the deliberate lack of detail achieves a flatness that emphasises the clean lines of the buildings depicted and allows them to become one with their natural surroundings. The geometry of Steiger’s compositions lends itself well to the medium of print, which he has produced since 2004, in collaboration with Pace Prints. Steiger’s works are striking and his execution is flawless. This is an artist worth following.

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William Steiger, ‘Goose Rocks Lighthouse’ (2016). Oil on linen. 20 x 30 inches (51 x 76 cm). Image © William Steiger, Courtesy Margaret Thatcher Projects.

The exhibition ‘William Steiger – Thrills’ was on show at Margaret Thatcher Projects, 539 West 23rd Street, Ground Floor, New York NY 10011. You can read more about William Steiger on his website.