Wiensowki & Harbord, Berlin
The paintings and installations of Sabina Streeter first emerged in the NY art community in 1987, when Edward Leffingwell, the senior curator at MoMA PS1 organized a room of the PHOTO ROMAN drawings from the Italian series.
Following that exhibition, I observed her work which seemed to me original yet contextually related to the appropriation and media work of the NY eighties, by artists such as Barbara Kruger and David Salle, both better known and both very American in sensibility.
Later, I installed a painting in the 1996 SLOW ART exhibition at MoMA PS1, in a room with James Rosenquist. This room juxtaposed a famous older pop-artist wih a young "non-pop" realist, with interesting results.
Streeter brings to painted images a uniquely European conceptual content, which is ironic without being jaded, and cosmopolitan without being nationalistic. She has consistent use of clear narrative, derived from books and movie sources.
Her insistence of the recognition of issues of craft (techniques of paint application, experimentation with laquers and floor canvas) is additionally unique.
Streeter has exhibited frequently in the US and Italy, but too rarely in the country of her birth. This show marks a long anticipated event.
- Alanna Heiss, Director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, October 2002