American, b. 1921
O+B Arrangement, 1962
Signed Stefanelli, dated 1962 and inscribed as titled on the reverse
Oil on canvas
71 x 61 1/4 inches (180.34 x 155.57 cm)
Collection of the family of the artist
Joe Stefanelli is the last living artist from the now famous Ninth Street art exhibition. As part of the second generation of the New York based Abstract Expressionist artists, or The New York School, Stefanelli has had a long career creating large works with bold brushstrokes and compelling color juxtapositions.
In 1951 from May 21st through June 10th, Joe Stefanelli and his contemporaries mounted an exhibition in an unused commercial space at 60 East 9th Street in New York. Today, the poster created for this exhibition is a checklist for those painters who lead the way for mid-century abstract painting, including Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock. Also listed are the dealers who championed the artists' works, among them Grace Borgenicht, Tibor de Nagy and Betty Parsons.
Joe Stefanelli was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He studied fine arts at The Philadelphia Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy before his education was interrupted by the Second World War. He returned to settle in lower Manhattan where he met many of the artists that would be his counterparts in the Abstract Expressionist movement. He continued his studies with multi-generational mentor both as painter and teacher, Hans Hofmann, as well as at The New School for Social Research and Art Students League.
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