Steve Durkee

Warwick, NYb. 1938​

Steve Durkee was born in 1938 in Warwick, New York. Durkee is a self-taught artist whose work reflects nostalgia for an everyday American life in the 1940s and 1950s, with poignant compositions of color fields, signs, insignias of popular culture and the antiquated imagery of a lost time. He moved to New York City in 1956, taking a studio on Fulton Street once belonging to Robert Rauchenberg and before that to Cy Twombly. In 1961, his work was included in the watershed Museum of Modern Art exhibition, The Art of Assemblage, curated by director William C. Seitz. In 1962, the critic Gene Swenson included Durkee, along with Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Robert Indiana, in an ARTnews article on ‘The New American Sign Painters.’ Durkee was a member the media art collective USCO in Garnerville, New York and in 1966 moved to New Mexico with his wife where they founded a spiritual collective called Lama.

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