THEODOROS STAMOS: A COMMUNION WITH NATURE

May 13 – July 30, 2010

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Deseret, 1959
Oil on canvas, 58 x 70 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
The Green Sky, 1944
Oil on masonite, 23 15/16 x 29 15/16 inches
Collection of John and Denise Ward

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
The Sacrifice, 1946
Oil on masonite, 29 x 38 1/2 inches
Signed, dated, and inscribed lower left: "T. STAMOS '46, N.Y.C."
NFS

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

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Old Egypt, circa 1952
Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches
Signed lower left: "Stamos"
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Delphic Shibboleth, 1959
Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 inches
Signed lower left: "STAMOS"
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Sentinel III, 1960
Oil on canvas, 56 x 52 inches
Private collection

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
White Sun-Mound, 1963
Acrylic and oil on cotton, 68 x 56 inches
Titled and dated verso: "WHITE SUN-MOUND, 1963"
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Classic Yellow Sun-Box, 1968
Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Signed, titled and dated verso: "Stamos, CLASSIC YELLOW SUN-BOX, 1968"
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series #11, 1978
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Signed, titled, and dated verso: "Stamos, Infinity Field, Lefkada Series, 1978"

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field, Lefkada Series (For Niko Xylouris)--Triptych, 1982-83
Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches (each)
NFS

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field-Torino Series #7, 1986
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Infinity Field JS #2, 1992
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches
Collection of Prof. Athena Lazarides Demetrios

Press Release

From May 13 through July 30, Hollis Taggart Galleries will present a full retrospective of the work of Theodoros Stamos, the first in the United States in nearly twenty years. The youngest member of the “Irascibles” profiled in Life magazine, Stamos created an innovative oeuvre defined by intellectual engagement with nature, science, and philosophy. With forty paintings on view, the exhibition begins in 1944—shortly after the artist’s first solo show with Betty Parsons at age twenty—then documents his engagement with Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, and continues into the 1990s, when he explored lush color and spare compositions inspired by Greece.

The exhibition will present biomorphic paintings from the 1940s, works inspired by Darwinian theory and themes of myth and ritual that Barnett Newman described as “subtle and sensuous,” including Ancient Land (TAO 810) (1947) and Migration (1948).  Later paintings, including Deseret (1959) and Classic Yellow Sun-Box (1968) epitomize Stamos’ work with increasingly reductive compositions. Dramatic expanses of deep color, inspired by the sea and sky of the Mediterranean, define later artworks such as Infinity Field - Knossos (1973-74) and Infinity Field JS #2 (1992).

Organized with the participation of the artist’s estate, “Theodoros Stamos: A Communion with Nature” will include paintings from the estate never before on public view.  A fully illustrated catalogue by Robert S. Mattison, Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College and author of Arshile Gorky: Works, Writings, Interviews (Poligrafa, 2010) and Robert Rauschenberg: Breaking Boundaries (Yale, 2003) accompanies the exhibition.