Refraction
1971
36" x 56.25"
Framed: 37.25" x 57"
Painting, Acrylic on canvas
Signed and titled verso

About the Artist
(1923 - 2000)
A leading figure in the rise of color abstraction in the mid-1960s, Albert Stadler (1923-2000) addressed the nature of optical experience in his art. Born in New York City, Stadler attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his BFA from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1950. His first solo exhibition was held in 1962 at Bennington College, Vermont; it was among the important shows of modernist art organized at the college by art department director Paul Feeley (David Smith, Adolph Gottlieb, and Hans Hoffman were other artists whose work was showcased at Bennington under Feeley’s leadership).

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Stadler participated in prominent showcases including the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual of 1967, Color and Field, held at the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, in 1970, and biennials at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., held in 1973 and 1975. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1968 and lectured and taught art at Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey; The Brooklyn Museum, and Hunter College, New York. He continued to exhibit his paintings regularly through the 1980s. He also became known for his large drawings in ink on paper as well as for his prints, including etching, lithography, and color intaglio.

Stadler’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the collection of the American Embassy, Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn Museum; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the University Art Museum of Texas, Austin.