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Stephen Mueller

American, 1947–2011

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Stephen Mueller

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American, 1947–2011

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In his vivid, light-filled paintings, Stephen Mueller combined the pure abstraction of 1960s Color Field painting with a lively assortment of patterns and motifs drawn from tantric art, Indian and Persian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, and cartoons, concocting playful compositions that presaged the re-incorporation of imagery into abstract painting. Works like Riparian Reveal (2006) exemplify his exquisite command of color, atypical compositions, and playful combinations of references and allusions. Against a soft, hazy background of bright blues, yellows, and streaks of scarlet, five distinct shapes hover: two ovoid forms, a striped form resembling a Buddhist stupa, a swimming pool-blue rectangle, and an ambiguous shape that, among many possibilities, seems to resemble a leaf, a Buddha head, or a jeweled pendant. Like all of his work, Riparian Reveal is at once buoyant and refined, deeply mystical and sharply humorous.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

In his vivid, light-filled paintings, Stephen Mueller combined the pure abstraction of 1960s Color Field painting with a lively assortment of patterns and motifs drawn from tantric art, Indian and Persian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, and cartoons, concocting playful compositions that presaged the re-incorporation of imagery into abstract painting. Works like Riparian Reveal (2006) exemplify his exquisite command of color, atypical compositions, and playful combinations of references and allusions. Against a soft, hazy background of bright blues, yellows, and streaks of scarlet, five distinct shapes hover: two ovoid forms, a striped form resembling a Buddhist stupa, a swimming pool-blue rectangle, and an ambiguous shape that, among many possibilities, seems to resemble a leaf, a Buddha head, or a jeweled pendant. Like all of his work, Riparian Reveal is at once buoyant and refined, deeply mystical and sharply humorous.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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