ALAN STEELE

ARTWORK

 

BIOGRAPHY

 
"Art can disclose only what is endowed with a prior discipline and imagination. It asserts and proclaims the modes of imagination and the ordered infinity of non-aesthetic aspects of experience."
- Alan Steele

Alan Steele is a conceptual painter who established himself during the early 1970s as a minimalist painter working with mathematical formulae integrated within a grid. This precise process developed into a fragmentary visual language which became the basis for his artwork.

 

Steele was born in Caracas, Venezuela, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He studied with Jo Baer, Robert Mangold and Castro Cid, finding affinity with some of early minimal and conceptual artists, such as Ad Reinhardt, John McLaughlin, Robert Irwin, Robert Barry, Will Insley, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer and Richard Artschwager. Later, he moved to the Bowery and helped in fabrication of his contemporaries working with Tom Wesselmann, Will Insley, and on a large scale commission project for Charles Hinman, as well as working as part of installation crew for Leo Castelli Gallery and Ileana Sonnabend Gallery. He has lived and worked on the Bowery for over four decades. Steele’s work has been exhibited internationally and is part of numerous public, corporate, and private collections. He is also a curator of ethnographic art, from Africa, The Americas, Asia, Indonesia and Oceania.

SELECTED GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 

2020 - Alan Steele: Unconditionally Constitutional, Westwood Gallery NYC, December 3 - February 13

2016 - The Impulse for Keeping A Record, Adah Rose Gallery Kensington, MA, November 3 - January 15, 
2014 - Symmetry and Stillness, Adah Rose Gallery Kensington, MA, October 2 - November 9
1988 - John Weber Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 - Explorations in Process, Westwood Gallery NYC, November 26 - January 10

2019 - Artists on the Bowery Part 1: Carmen Cicero // Alan Steele, Westwood Gallery NYC, May 28 - July 13
2019 - INFINITE RHIZOME-Endless Plateaus of Interconnectivity, Lichtundfire Gallery, New York, April 10 – May 5
2019 - Carte Blanche, Studio Gallery, Washington DC, January 9 -  February 2
2018 - MINIMAL EFFECT, Lichtundfire Gallery New York, NY, October 3 - November 4
2017 - Past as Prologue, or The Effect of Modernism on Contemporary Art, Lichtundfire Gallery New York, NY, December 21 - January 21

2016 - The Impulse of Keeping a Record, Adah Rose Gallery, MA, November 13 - January 5
2016 - Traces of Minimalism, Hamburg, Germany, Heliumcowboy Artspace

2014 - Silicon Valley Art Fair CA, Adah Rose Gallery, MA
2014 - Laroche Joncas, Montreal
2014 - POP UP IN PARIS, Galerie du Haut Pavee, Paris 
2014 - Adah Rose Gallery, MA
2013 - Pulse New York, Adah Rose Gallery, MA 
2013 - Peanut Underground Gallery, New York
2012 - Kinz Tillou Fine Art, New York
2012 - QF Gallery Summer Group Show East Hampton
2012 - Kinz Tillou Fine Art, New York Indian Summer
2010 - Dorian Grey Gallery, New York
2005 - (December) International Contemporary Art, Florence Biennale, Italy
2001 - Jane Voorhees Zimerli Art Museum Rutgers, NJ, From Whistler to Warhol, Century of American Printmaking, Boxed In, Plane, Frame, Surface
1999 - Nabisco Gallery NJ
1998 - Tenri Gallery NYC
1998 - Jorgensen Gallery NYC
1996 - Jorgensen Gallery NYC
1995 - T. A. G. Space NYC
1995 - Arttax Gallery NYC, F. A. C. T. Fashion Architecture Culture Technology, Robert Dane, Mark Seinkman, R. M. Fischer, N. A. S. A., Alan Steele, Thomas Lesser
1995 - Arttrax Gallery NYC, FUNC-A-TECH-TURE, Woodman, Berg, Holzphel, Fischer, Steele, Griffin
1990 - Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, NJ, Surface Printing In The 1980’s: Lithography, Screenprints And Monotypes From The Rutgers, Archives For Printmaking Studios
1987 - A. L. G. O. Gallery NYC, TEN PACK in collaboration with Mission Gallery NYC
1987 - John Good Gallery NYC, RIGOR Curated by Stephen Westfall
1987 - White Columns NYC
1986 - John Weber Gallery NYC, ADMIRED WORKS Curated by John Weber, Allen, Deutsch, Dona, Ewing, Fischer, Halley, Keister, Kirili, Koons, Kruger, Steele
1986 - Grace Borgenicht Gallery NYC, ABSTRACTION
1984 - Artist Space NYC, Inaugural Show Curated by Will Insley
1984 - Marian Goodman Gallery NYC, Richard Artschwager, Daniel Christian, John Chamberlain, Sol Lewitt, Allan McCollum, Cleas Oldenburg, Alan Steele, Marybeth Welch
1984 - Facchetti Gallery NYC
1974 - The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, CONN, Third Annual Contemporary Reflections
1973 - Bykert Gallery NYC
1971 - Woods Gallery Rhode Island School of Design
1969 - Avanti Gallery NYC
1969 - School of Visual Arts Gallery NYC

SELECTED NEWS

 

Alan Steele, Unconditionally Constitutional - a Solo Exhibition

MEDIUM | January 04, 2021

Artist Alan Steele at Westwood Gallery in New York City

WeAndTheColor | December 18, 2021

In the galleries: Collaged drawings that zig and zag

The Washington Post | October 31, 2014

1993 - Cooperation #29, Art A New York, Un Combat Quotidien, July 22, Bernadette Richard

1993 - Le Democrat, REPERES: Arts Plastique A New York: Une Toute Autre, May 29, Bernadette Richard

1992 - Physicians Vol 4 #8, At Auction Art Bad Times Good For Collectors?, August, Mel Wathen

1987 - 108 An East Village Review #7, TEN PACK A.L.G.O. Gallery, Catsou Roberts

1987 - 108 An East Village Review #7, RIGOR John Good Gallery, James Meyer

SELECTED VIDEOS

 

Artist Alan Steele in conversation with Westwood Gallery NYC Co-Founder Margarite Almeida during "Unconditionally Constitutional," Dec 3, 2020 - Feb 13, 2021 at Westwood Gallery NYC.

Alan Steele Virtual Event, January 22, 2021 at Westwood Gallery NYC