A color of its own, Ted Stamm

Will Heinrich reviewed the late Ted Stamm's exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery for the Gallerist NY.
...fascination with black not as a dialectical term but as a color of its own, a fascination equally informed by minimalist idealism and by the relentlessly forward-moving practicality of aircraft and automotive design. Unlike an automaker, though, Stamm wanted his black unreflective, and he mixed graphite powder into oil paint to get it that way; and unlike a minimalist, he worked not by reduction but by extension: He built canvases in idiosyncratic shapes with direction and speed.

ZCT-001, 1981
Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 179 3/4 inches  65.4 x 456.6 cm
PW-37, 1978
Oil on wood
5 x 8 inches  12.7 x 20.3 cm

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