Join us Saturday, November 5th, for the

ADAA Upper East Side Gallery Walk

We will be exhibiting a selection of twentieth century modernist paintings and sculpture, including works by Theodoros Stamos, Fritz Bultman, Seymour Lipton, Raymond Jonson, Harry Bertoia, Joseph Stella, Lynne Drexler, Norman Bluhm, and Sal Sirugo. Our current exhibition, The Arabian Horse – By Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796–1875), will also be on view.

Extended gallery hours: Saturday, November 5th, 11am to 5pm

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915–1978), Mushroom Tonal, 1978, Sonambient sculpture

Beryllium copper and silver solder 10 H. x 11 3/4 square inches

Harry Bertoia was a true creative, experimenting in painting, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and finally combining music and sculpture to produce his iconic Sonambient sculptures. He pursued his studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and went on to teach painting and metalworking courses at the school. In 1943, he began work with Charles and Ray Eames, shifting his focus to furniture design. Seven years later, he moved to New York to work with Knoll, where he would produce the popular "Bertoia chair." His furniture designs, still well-known today, became so popular that he was able to devote himself to sculpture while living off his furniture sales.

The artist was commissioned in 1955 to create an altarpiece for the chapel at MIT in Cambridge, which led to other notable site-specific commissions for venues like the Philadelphia Civic Center, the Federal Reserve Bank building, Richmond, and the State Department building, Washington, D.C. Bertoia’s work can be found in important institutions across the country and internationally, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Corporate commissions include General Motors and Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust. 

Theodoros Stamos (American, 1922–1997), Untitled, 1956

Oil on canvas, 54 H. x 48 W. inches, signed lower left: Stamos

Theodoros Stamos was the youngest of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist painters. Admired by the likes of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, with whom he maintained lifelong friendships, Stamos was a central figure in the New York Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1956, Stamos came into his own when he was named the recipient of the prestigious National Institute of Arts and Letters Award. He was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's traveling exhibition “The New Decade” alongside contemporaries like Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. 

This painting itself is a wonderful example of pure abstraction from the heart of the 1950s. With a dense blend of greens, blues, browns, and whites that are reminiscent of the natural world, this piece draws on an organic color palette that is obscured and distorted to transcend the figural realm.


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