biography of Theodoros STAMOS (1922-1997)

Birth place: NYC

Death place: Yiannia, Greece

Addresses: East Marion, NY

Profession: Painter, educator

Studied: Am. Artists School with S. Kennedy.

Exhibited: Wakefield Gal., 1943 (solo); Mortimer Brandt Gal., 1944, 1946; CI, 1945; WMAA, 1945-67; PAFA Ann., 1946-53, 1962-66; VMFA, 1946; AIC, 1947, 1949; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1947-67 (9 times); Documenta, Kassel, Germany; "New Am. Painting," Paris, Zurich, New York, London, Madrid; "Abstract Expressionists & Imagists," Guggenheim Mus., NYC; Dada, Surrealism & Their Inheritors, MoMA; Marlborough Gal., NYC, 1970s. Other awards: Brandeis Univ. Creative Arts Award; Tiffany Found. fellowship; Nat. Arts grant.

Member: Art Lg. Am.; MMA (life fellow)

Work: MoMA; MMA; WMAA; AIC; BMA; CGA; Hirshhorn Mus.; Phillips Coll.; SFMA; Walker Art Center, MN; Detroit IA; Addison Gal., Andover, MA; Albright-Knox Gal., Buffalo; Univ. Calif. Mus., Berkeley; NJ State Mus, Trenton. Commissions: oil mural, S.S. Argentina, 1946 & tapestry, New York, 1971, Moore McCormack Lines.

Comments: An early Abstract Expressionist, of whom the legendary art critic, Clement Greenberg, said "I scorched his show and I was wrong. You keep on learning." Later, Stamos scorched his own reputation during a famous 1972-75 court case involving his role as an executor of the estate of his painter-friend, Mark Rothko. The trial concluded in 1975 with a $9.2 million judgement against Stamos and the Marlborough Gallery in New York. Teaching: ASL; Columbia Univ; Brandeis Univ. Publications: illustr., Sorrows of Cold Stone (Dodd).

Sources: WW73; K. Sawyer Stamos (Mus. Poche, Paris, 1960); Ralph Pomeroy, Theodoros Stamos (Abrams, 1973); obit., Art & Auction 1997; Baigell, Dictionary; Falk, Exh. Record Series.