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As I take my pen in hand, in ample leisure and complete retirement - in sound health too, though tired, so very tired that I shall hardly be able to proceed, save in small stages and with frequent pause for rest. . . .
Thomas Mann from Felix Krull
3 Prints from the 1960s
FROM AN ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW with Brice Marden, 1972 Oct. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
BRICE MARDEN: I was in New York and I was really anxious to meet people and stuff like that. But it was still very difficult. I would go to openings; there was always Tuesday night openings, and I'd go to all these openings and I'd be the only person who would look at anything. Everybody else knew everybody, and I didn't know anybody. But then you start meeting people and I met a lot of people through Steve Poleskie and we were both painting along. That whole building was full of artists; it was 76 Jefferson Street, lots of really good people.
ONE MUST RETREAT at my age into what one is; stop running after the dream images; condense; protect what the age assults or ignores.
John Fowles, 24 January 1966
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In Memory of Sidney 1999 to 2014
STEPHEN (STEVE) POLESKIE IS AN ARTIST AND WRITER. His artwork is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The National Collection, Washington, D. C., The Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum, The Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis, The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, D.F., The State Museum in Lodz, Poland, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tate Gallery in London, and the Caproni Museum in Trento, Italy.
Over a career spanning more than fifty years Poleskieís artwork has been exhibited widely. Among the cities he has had his work shown, or done performances, are: New York, Boston, Cambridge, Providence, Washington D. C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Sonoma, Chicago, Houston, Hartford, Springfield, Pittsfield, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Reading, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Richmond, Williamsburg, Utica, Memphis, Albany, Buffalo, San Antonio, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, in the USA; Montreal, Toronto, and Victoria, in Canada; London, Southampton, Loughborough, and the Isle of Wight in the UK; Rome, Milan, Bologna, Brescia, Como, Trento, Turin, Verona, Lido di Spigna, and Palermo in Italy; Munich, Stuttgart, and Kassel, in Germany; Linz in Austria; Ljubljana, Zagreb, Maribor, Rijeka, and Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia; Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia; Warsaw, Gdansk, and Lodz, in Poland; Mexico City, in Mexico; Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia; Vilnius in Lithuania; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Stockholm in Sweden; Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras; Barcelona, Madrid, and Cadaque in Spain; Locarno in Switzerland; Toulouse in France; Varna in Bulgaria; Seoul in Korea; Hong Kong in China; and Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan.
His writing, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, has appeared in many journals both here and abroad. Among these are American Writing, Art Criticism, BookPress, Editions Bibliotekos, Essays & Fictions, Ginosko, Grey Sparrow, Leonardo, Lightworks, Many Mountains Moving, OE, Pangolin Papers, Porter Gulch Review, Ragazine, Satire, Shiny, Skylark, SN Review, Straight, Sulphur River Literary Review, Q, and Wordwrights in the USA; D'Ars, and Spazio Humano in Italy; Himmelschrieber in Germany; In Other Words: Merida, in Mexico; Imago in Australia, and The Criterion, in India. He has a short story in the anthologies; Being Human: Call of the Wild, and The Book of Love, from W. W. Norton, and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A handmade book of his poetry was printed by Loughborough College of Art and Design in England. A copy of this book is in the Rare Book Collection of the MoMA in New York City.
His debut novel, The Balloonist, The Story of T. S. C. Lowe, Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U. S. Air Force, was published by Frederic C. Beil, in 2007. He has since published six other books: The Third Candidate, 2008 a novel, Grater Life, 2009 a novel in stories, Vigilia's Tempest, 2010 a novel, Acorn's Card, 2011 a novella and stories, and the novels Sconto Walaa, 2012 and Foozler Runs 2013.
In addition to the thirty-three years he spent teaching at Cornell University, Poleskie has taught, or been a visiting artist or professor at 26 other colleges and art schools throughout the world, including: MIT, the School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of California, Berkeley, William and Mary College, Alfred University, Hobart College, Colgate University, Albright College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hofstra University, Clemson University, and the Institute of Fine Arts, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has also been a resident at the American Academy in Rome, and did a one month tour of the then USSR , and another of the former Yugoslavia, for the United States Information Agency.
A skilled pilot, Poleskie attained an Air Transport Pilot's rating, and also was active in air show and stunt flying, even appearing at the Pittsburg Air Show on the same program as the Blue Angels. As a competition aerobatic pilot Poleskie won many titles, including the 1977 Canadian Open Aerobatic Championship.
Stephen Poleskie currently is a professor emeritus at Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, the novelist, Jeanne Mackin.
Some Links to Poleskie Radio and TV Interviews
Radio interview with Stephen Poleskie on NPR (28 minutes)
Tish Pearlman talks to Poleskie about his art, writing, and life on her radio program "Out of Bounds."
Radio interview with Poleskie on WSKG program "Off the Page" (30 minutes)
Bill Jaker talks with the author about his book "The Balloonist," 2007
Steve Poleskie Artflyer on Channel Nine News (2:44 minutes - video)
Poleskie gives an interview and then flys a performance with a TV camera mounted on the wing strut for a "what's it like inside the cockpit" experience.
STEVE POLESKIE, ART FLYER (10 minutes - video)
Poleskie describes how he prepares for an Aerial Theater performance and then goes out and flies one in this film from 1984.
Steve Poleskie, Early Paintings (3 1/2 minutes - video)
At the opening of a 2011 exhibition of paintings from the 1960s and 70s at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University in Pennsylvania.
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Photos: including Sky Art Events, and exhibitions. Photos of artworks can be found on subsequent pages.
SOMETIMES OUR BEST ENDEAVORS, most carefully planned and executed, do not work out. What went wrong? Sometimes something casually conceived and virtually "knocked off" is completely successful. Right is often wrong, and wrong right. Why do we love what we are doing, and hate it at the same time? Why do we put our works in public, and suffer both pride and embarrassment? Why do we try to say something about what we are doing, and then realize that we cannot?
To learn more about Stephen (Steve) Poleskie you can click on the various headings at the top of this page. You can also find information about him in the reference books listed below.
Hildibrand, June (1967) ARTISTS PROOF, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA Silkscreen Printing by Steve Poleskie, p 78-82, 1 black and white reproduction A Note on Chiron Press, p 83-4
various authors (1968) ARTISTS PROOF, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking, Pratt Graphics Center, NY, and Barre Publishers, MA, Poleskie, Steve, tipped in screen print (4 colors) p 7
Biegeleisen, J. I. (1971) SCREEN PRINTING, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, ISBN 0-237-44810-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 34, one black and white reproduction
Eichenberg, Fritz (1976) THE ART OF THE PRINT, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-0103-X, Poleskie, Steve, p 489, 510-11, 578, one page reproduction (color) 542
Eichenberg, Fritz (1978) LITHOGRAPHY AND SILKSCREEN, Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, New York, ISBN 0-8109-2095-6, Poleskie, Steve, p 123, 152-153, one page reproduction (color) 133
IMAGES OF AN ERA: the American Poster 1945-1975, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., 1976, Poleskie, Steve, one page reproduction, (color) p 98, from MOMA Collection
Carroll, James F. L. (1981) IN AND OUT OF KUTZTOWN, a documentation of the Art Series program, 1974-1981, Kutztown University, Kutztown. PA., Poleskie, Steve, three black and white reproductions, p 185, 6, 7.
AMERICAN ART DIRECTORY, 50th Edition, edited by Jaques Cattell Press, R. R. Browker, New York & London, 1984, Poleskie, Steve, p 664
Ackerman, Diane (1985) ON EXTENDED WINGS, Athenum, New York, ISBN 0-689-11540-7
Zeitlin, Marilyn, (1985) STEVE POLESKIE, Drawings and Collages, Marilyn Zietlin, introduction, Peter Frank, essay, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, catalog, 11 black and white reproductions
Kimpel, Harald (1986) HIMMELSSCHREIBER, Dimensionen Eines Fluchtigen Mediums, Jonas Verlag, Marburg, Germany, ISBN 3-922561-50-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 83, 105-114, 10 black and white reproductions
Crispolti, Enrico (1987) STEVE POLESKIE, Galleria Schneider, Roma, catalog, 1 color, 1 black and white reproduction
Krantz, Les (1987) THE NEW YORK ART REVIEW, Les Krantz, American References, Chicago, ISBN 0-913756-09-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 1016, reproduction, (black & white) p 1046
Foster, Stephen and Lurie, Alison (1989) STEVE POLESKIE, ARTFLYER, John Hansard Gallery, The University of Southampton, UK, 1989, catalog, 8 color reproductions
Meyer, Jon (1989) STEVE POLESKIE, ARTFLYER, Clemson University, catalog, 3 color, and 5 black and white reproductions
Dantzic, Cynthis Maris (1990) DESIGN DIMENSIONS, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, ISBN 0-13-199985-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 296 reproduction (black & white)
WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART, 1991 -1992, 19th Edition, R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, Poleskie, Stephen Francis, p 884, also 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Rebeschini, Claudio (1994) CRALI AEROPITTORE, Electra, Milano, 1994, Poleskie, Steve, p 255, photograph of Poleskie, (black & white)
Corlett, Mary Lee (1994) THE PRINTS OF ROY LICHTENSTEIN, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Hudson Hills Press, New York, ISBN 1-55595-105-8, Poleskie, Stephen, p 25, 80, 81, 82, 257,
Ackerman, Diane and Mackin, Jeanne (1998) THE BOOK OF LOVE, W. W. Norton, New York, ISBN 0-393-04589-7, Poleskie, Stephen F., Love and Janus Zyvka, short story, p 243-246
Mishlove, Jeffery (2000) THE PK MAN, A True Story of Mind Over Matter, Hampton Roads Publishers, Charlottesville, VA, ISBN 978-1571741837, Poleskie, Stephen, p 33-34
OVERVIEW, (2001) University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, Steve Poleskie, p 49, one color reproduction
Pisano, Dominick A. editor (2003) THE AIRPLANE IN AMERICAN CULTURE, The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, ISBN 0-472-09833-0, Poleskie, Steve, p 283
various authors (2006) DIE SICHTBARKEEIT DER SCHRIFT, Fink Wilhelm Gmbh + Co.KG, ISBN 978-3770542505, Poleskie, Steve, Artflyer, p 53
Bojko, Szymon (2007) Z POLSKIM RODOWODEM, 1900 - 1980, Oficyna Wydawnicza Kucharski, Warsaw, Poland, ISBN 9-788389-376404, Poleskie, Steve (Stephen) p 20, 53, 91, 254-259, 360, reproductions: 4 color, 3 black and white
Goodwin Susan W. and Whitley, Peggy J. (2007) 99 JUMPSTARTS FOR KIDS, Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 978-1591584032
WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 08, 07, 06, 05, etc., to 1983, Marquis, New Providence, NJ, ISBN 978-0-8379-1143-4
various authors (2011) HOHENRAUSCH.2, Brucken in Himmel / Bridges in the Sky, OK Offenes Kulturhus, Linz, Austria, Poleskie Steve, p 100-101, one black and white reproduction.
Tauge, Gregory F., editor (2012) BEING HUMAN, Call of the Wild, Editions Bibliotekos, Inc., New York, ISBN 978-0-9824819-5-0, Poleskie, Stephen, The Raccoon, a short story, p 1-5