Theodoros Stamos

Contemplations on the Universal

January 26 – March 4, 2017

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Homage to Pierre Bonnard, 1965

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Homage to Pierre Bonnard, 1965
Oil on canvas, 72 x 40 inches
SOLD

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled, 1946
Watercolor and ink on paper
29 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches, Signed and dated lower left: "Theodoros Stamos '46"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Untitled #64, circa 1947

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled #64, circa 1947
Watercolor on paper, 12 3/8 x 9 7/16 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"
Inscribed, Signed, numbered, and dated verso: "10153 / 3237 / STAMOS / #64 24x31.4 / CA. 1947"

Theodoros Stamos - Migration, 1948

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Migration, 1948
Oil on Masonite, 36 x 48 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "T. STAMOS. '48"
Marked verso: 'H 21'

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Untitled (Study for Three Kings, 1949), 1948

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled (Study for Three Kings, 1949), 1948
Watercolor and ink on paper, 15 3/8 x 22 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Stamos 1948"
Inscribed verso: "3 / 100g"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) A Day, 1949

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
A Day, 1949
Oil on Masonite, 24 x 18 1/8 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Stamos '49"
Titled, signed, and dated verso: "'A DAY' / Stamos / 1949"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) In Venice, 1949

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
In Venice, 1949
Oil on Masonite, 23 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches
SOLD

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Tracery, 1949

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Tracery, 1949
Oil on Masonite, 21 x 24 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"
Titled, signed, dated and inscribed verso: "'Tracery' / Stamos / '49 / 21"

Theodoros Stamos - Three Kings, 1949

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Three Kings, 1949
Oil on Masonite, 29 3/4 x 38 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "T. STAMOS '49"
Titled, signed, and dated verso: "'THREE KINGS' / STAMOS / 1949"

Theodoros Stamos - Mistra, 1949

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Mistra, 1949
Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Stamos '49"
Titled, inscribed, and signed verso: "MISTRA / 'The MANGER' [crossed-out] / by Stamos / 45 E. 22 St N.Y.C."

Theodoros Stamos - Untitled, circa 1947-49

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled, circa 1947-49
Oil and sand on panel, 15 1/4 x 32 inches
Signed lower center: "Stamos"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Untitled, circa 1948-50

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled, circa 1948-50
Oil on canvas, 34 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"

Theodoros Stamos,  Landscape, circa 1950

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Landscape, circa 1950
Oil on Masonite, 8 x 24 1/2 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"

Theodoros Stamos - Untitled, circa 1950-52

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled, circa 1950-52
Oil on canvasboard, 19 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"

Theodoros Stamos - Classic Boundaries #3, 1964

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Classic Boundaries #3, 1964
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"
Titled on canvas overlap verso: "'CLASSIC BOUNDRIES [sic]' #3"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Hovering Yellow Sun-Box, 1967

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Hovering Yellow Sun-Box, 1967
Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 52 inches
Titled, dated, signed, and numbered on canvas overlap verso: "'HOVERING YELLOW SUN BOX' 1967 / STAMOS / 3"
Inscribed on stretcher verso: "Top / 52 / X / 56"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Olympia Sun-Box, 1967

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Olympia Sun-Box, 1967
Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Titled, dated, inscribed, and signed on stretcher verso: "OLYMPIA SUN-BOX / 1967 / 62 3/8 / STAMOS"

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field-Olympia II, 1969

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field-Olympia II, 1969
Gouache on paper, 20 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches
Signed, titled and dated verso: "Stamos, Infinity Field-Olympia II, 1969"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Corinthian Sun-Box I, 1969

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Corinthian Sun-Box I, 1969
Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 48 inches
Tilted, dated, inscribed, and signed on stretcher verso: "'CORINTHIAN SUN-BOX' I 1969 / 48X70 Stamos"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, 1976

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, 1976
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 59 3/4 x 49 7/8 inches
Titled, and inscribed on canvas overlap verso: "'INFINITY FIELD LEFKADA SERIES' / 60X50"
Numbered and dated on stretcher verso: "16  / 1976"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series #11, 1978
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches
SOLD

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, For Caspar David Friedrich, 1980-81

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, For Caspar David Friedrich, 1980-81
Acrylic on canvas, 52 x 50 inches
SOLD

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, 1981
Acrylic on paper, 28 x 20 1/2 inches
Titled, dated, and signed verso: "'INFINITY, LEFKADA SERIES' / 1983 / STAMOS"

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field-Lefkada Series, 1981

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field-Lefkada Series, 1981
Acrylic on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 1/8 inches
SOLD

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997) Infinity Field - Jerusalem Series XI (1915 KI), 1984

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field - Jerusalem Series XI (1915 KI), 1984
Acrylic on paper, 30 1/4 x 22 inches

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field, Jerusalem Series VI, 1984-5

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Jerusalem Series VI, 1984-5
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
Titled, signed, and dated on canvas overlap verso: "'Infinity Field, Jerusalem Series #VI' / Stamos / 1984-5"

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field-Torino Series #7, 1986

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field-Torino Series #7, 1986
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches
Signed, titled and dated verso: "Stamos, INFINITY FIELD-TORINO SERIES #7, 1986"

Theodoros Stamos - Infinity Field Torino Series, 1989

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field Torino Series, 1989
Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 50 inches
Titled, dated, and signed on canvas overlap verso: "'Infinity Field Torino Series' 1989 Stamos"

Press Release

Theodoros Stamos: Contemplations on the Universal at Hollis Taggart Galleries turns a retrospective eye on the remarkable career of Theodoros Stamos, whose transcendent paintings rise above his roots in first-generation Abstract Expressionism to convey universal truths about nature and the cosmos. The selected works range from the late 1940s through the 1980s, punctuated by tight groups of biomorphic abstractions from 1949 and luminous color fields from the late 1970s. This exhibition reveals Stamos as an artist of great introspection, intellect, and originality whose work deserves wider appreciation.

Stamos spent the latter half of his career living for most of each year in Greece, his ancestral homeland, where he developed a deep connection to the landscape and to the robust tradition of classical myth, connections that manifest poignantly in his work. During these years he was largely supported by European collectors who built an abiding kinship with both the artist and his work. Several paintings in this exhibition come from these European collections and have never before been shown in the United States.

Achieving critical and commercial acclaim at an early age, Stamos was the youngest amongst the first generation of the New York School and was awarded his first one-man show by Betty Parsons at the age of just twenty-one. A somewhat elusive figure, his art was shaped by an affinity with nature and an ability to manipulate color and form with great subtlety and suggestion. Stamos’ abstract canvases offer emotionally evocative records of his travels and interactions with nature. The works speak in a language of tension and balance, their appeal stems from their striking visual embodiment of the particularities of light, time, mood and place. It is here that Stamos’ command of paint lies, in his ability to visualize human emotional and sensory relation to place, and as such, his experience of the world.  

Theodoros Stamos: Contemplations on the Universal will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including a new essay by noted curator and art historian Jeffrey Grove. Grove’s recent publications include Michaël Borremans: As Sweet as It Gets, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Isa Genzken: Retrospective, published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art; and Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. Grove is currently an independent curator and has previously served as the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and as a curator at Atlanta’s High Museum. 

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