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Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)

Untitled Number 2

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Untitled Number 2
signed 'Stamos' (lower left); titled, numbered and dated ''Untitled' 2 1960' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
65 7/8 x 61 in. (167.3 x 154.9 cm.)
Painted in 1960.
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
Collection of Henry Geldzahler, New York
His sale; Christie's, New York, 8 May 1996, lot 245
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
New York University, Grey Art Gallery, Tracking the Marvelous, April-May 1981, p. 36 (illustrated).
Chicago, R.H. Love Modern, Abstraction by American Masters Over 50, December 1986-January 1987.
New York, ACA Galleries, Stamos: An Overview, December 1991-January 1992, p. 31 (illustrated).
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Please note this work is signed 'Stamos' (lower left).

Lot Essay

“…because each painting is the memory of a moment in Stamos’s experience, each one differs from the others. Living organisms cannot repeat inner states exactly; the direction of a line, the character of an edge, an accent of color are never quite the same. Stamos titles his paintings at various stages in their development, as the work reminds him of something he has seen. Because each painting is an experiential blend, titles are not literal; they act as keyholes into possible underlying meanings” (B. Cavaliere, Theodoros Stamos, exh. cat., Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, April 1981, p. 4).

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