Peter Steele: ‘The Real Thing’ is ‘the most remarkable piece of art I’ve ever seen’
New York’s most celebrated painter is about to return to the world of paintings for a new work called The Real Thing, and he’s bringing some big changes.
The work, which is due to open at the Whitney Biennial in May, has been commissioned by a private collector and will include work from the painter’s life.
Steele, who died in 2004, is a noted artist, and his paintings have long been the subject of controversy.
The New York Times called him “a towering figure of American art” and the Washington Post called him the “most extraordinary artist of the twentieth century.”
In his new book, Steele said he was inspired by his family’s life and art history, and that this new work was inspired not only by his father, a sculptor who died after his first wife died, but also by his own father, who lived to a ripe old age and left his art career to follow his mother into the private collection of a wealthy family in New York.
“It’s really hard to say what the work is about, but it’s about a family story,” Steele told the New York Post.
“This is a story about my father.
He was my father’s best friend.
I wanted to do something with his life.”
The piece, titled “In His Own Words,” is an amalgamation of Steele’s father’s paintings and a collection of his work from his youth.
Stacey, Steevey, and a small band of assistants worked with the artist to create the painting, which depicts a family meeting in the home of a woman with a son who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The woman, who has not been named, is dressed in a white gown and holds a silverware dish.
Her son holds a bouquet of flowers.
In the background, Stacey and Steevery sit in the kitchen together with a large bowl of spaghetti sauce and a large glass of wine.
Steeves, who is now 77, said the painting has been a lifelong passion of his.
“I think my father was a really good painter, and I think my mother was an amazing artist,” he said.
“But I also think that there was something about art that really brought out my imagination.
I mean, I was always a kid, but I really had a gift for art.”
The painting is one of several portraits that Steele has painted from his own life.
The artist, who spent his life working in New Orleans, also painted his first work as a child in the early 1930s, but his most recent work, in which he’s shown as a boy, is the most recent to appear at the gallery.
“My work is so much more contemporary than most of his,” Steeve said.
The painting will be on view for two weeks starting May 15.
The Whitney Biennials have hosted the artist’s work for the past decade, and Steele described the new work as his best yet.
“The fact that he’s not an old man and that he has not retired or anything, I think it’s just incredible,” he told the Times.
“His work is still relevant.
And it’s one of the few works that I have.
It’s just a very special piece of work.”
Steele had been making works of art for more than a decade before he was commissioned to paint The Real Things.
He told the NY Times in 2003 that he’d been working on the work for several years, but had been waiting for his father’s death to give him the time he needed to complete it.
He had been working for years on his own and with his wife and two sons.
But in 2003, Stees father died, and the artist said he couldn’t take the time to complete the work.
“When I finally got to the point where I had to say, ‘I’ve got to paint this,’ and he passed away, and all that, I just couldn’t,” Steely told the paper.
“So I took it to the museum, and my brother took it back to the gallery and they painted it, and they brought it out.”
The artwork has not gone unnoticed, either.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t like his work,” Stile said.
But Steele explained that his father would not have approved of it.
“If he’d approved, I wouldn’t be doing this,” he added.
“He was a very private man, and so when he passed, I had no right to do this.”
Steely also said he thought the painting was about the woman’s husband.
“She was my dad’s best woman,” he explained.
“And it was his wife, and it was the only woman in the house.”