Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings is the first monograph focused on the career of American figurative painter Hugh Steers (1962-1995), whose life was cut short by AIDS, at the age of 32.
Committed to figurative painting at a time when it was out of favor with critics and collectors, Steers nonetheless gained appreciation for his expressionist-realist narratives of a life shadowed by isolation and mortality, yet infused with wry humor, camp, and what Steers himself called, a “gorgeous bleakness.” Unique among painters, Steers consciously brought AIDS, intimacy, and the body into the traditional vocabulary of painting.
Hugh Steers’ artwork is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Denver Art Museum.
Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings features over 600 full-color images of Steers’ paintings, including over 85 full color plates, 45 color illustrations, personal photographs, and a complete annotated color checklist of Steers' paintings on canvas and paper. This beautiful hardcover book includes a foreword by Dale Peck and essays by Cynthia Carr and James Smalls, along with a complete exhibition history and bibliography.
Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings
256 pp, 630 color images
Hardcover, 8.5" x 11”
Essays by Dale Peck, Cynthia Carr and James Smalls
Designed by Bethany Johns
Managing Editors: Dancing Foxes Press
Published by Visual AIDS, Fall 2015