Opening reception: Thursday, March 28, 6 to 8 pm
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Ted Stamm: Paintings, a survey of works from 1973 to
1981 by the late New York-based painter. This is the second exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery.
Prior to Stamm’s unexpected death in 1984 at the age of 40, the artist created a substantial, mature body
of work that was at once responsive to the past, reflective of his time, and telling of the future. Stamm’s
practice was dedicated to complicating a Minimalist vocabulary with elongations suggestive of speed and
the appearances of movement.
In 1973, Stamm began making conceptually driven work based on chance systems - rolling dice or
spinning a roulette wheel. The results would determine the execution of a specific work, including each
painting’s color, forms and numbers of paint layers. Friends who assisted by rolling the die were
memorialized in Stamm’s titles, such as Kiffman’s Roll and Olivia’s Roll. Soon after in 1974, Stamm
began making shaped stretchers for his paintings, finding inspiration in his immediate surroundings. The
first of a handful of formats he developed reiterated a particular shape he had seen on Wooster Street
near his home. Naming these particular paintings Woosters, Stamm continued to work with the shape
throughout his career.
Increasingly fascinated by the concept of speed, the design of trains and airplanes as these technologies
began to proliferate and improve, opening the world up to itself, Stamm began in the late seventies to
develop the Zephyr and C-Dodger paintings. Aptly titled, the Zephyrs were named after the recordbreaking
train that traveled between Denver and Chicago in 1934. The “C” in C-Dodger is an abbreviation
for the Concorde, referring to the supersonic airliner Stamm traveled to Kennedy airport to see. This body
of work is also represented in the exhibition by Zephyr ZYR-31.
Also included in the exhibition are examples of Stamm’s late works from the early 1980s, supporting the
artist statement describing the work as representing “no beginning and no end.” While Stamm developed
painting strategies based on personal experiences, certain elements and series can be seen repeating
themselves. Rather than approach these reductive works as carbon copies, though, Stamm is seen
recycling and then adding important nuances exemplified in works such as ZCT-001.
Stamm’s work is included in numerous public collections: Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA) New York; The
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Carnegie Museum of Art,
Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art, (MoCA) Los Angeles; and the Art Gallery of Western
Australia, Perth, Australia.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 509 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Our hours
are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Ricky
Manne at 212-680-9889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Bell, Tiffany, “Painting Speed”, Art in America, November 1986