Stephen Mueller, ‘Untitled (915)’, 2008, Contemporary Art Matters
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Stephen Mueller

Untitled (915), 2008

Acrylic on canvas
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
This is a unique work.
$12,000
Location
Columbus
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Stephen Mueller
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.

Stephen Mueller, ‘Untitled (915)’, 2008, Contemporary Art Matters
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About the work
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Stephen Mueller
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.

Stephen Mueller

Untitled (915), 2008

Acrylic on canvas
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
This is a unique work.
$12,000
Location
Columbus
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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