Stanley Boxer (American)
Born 1926 in New York, NY – Died 2000 in Pittsfield, MA
Lived and worked mostly in New York, NY
Stanley Boxer was an American artist best known for thickly painted abstract works of art. He was also an accomplished sculptor and printmaker. Trained post-World War II at the famed Arts Students League, Boxer, like many of his generation moved toward abstract non-objective painting. At one point he caught the eye of renowned 20th century art critic Clement Greenberg, and was lumped in with the "Color Field" painters whom Greenberg championed. Boxer himself adamantly rejected this stylistic label, however over the years he became known for a materially dense abstract style. He was a superb manipulator of surfaces, intensely bonding texture and color.
Boxer offered an explanation of his philosophy and working process: In the manufacture of my art, I use anything and everything which gets the job done without any sentiment or sanctity as to medium. Then, too, I have deliberately made a practice of being "visionless"... this is, I go where my preceding art takes me, and never try to redirect the future as to what my art should look like. This is a general credo and foundation for everything I have ever done and stands firm in its solidity as this is written.
In 1953 Stanley Boxer had his first solo exhibition of paintings in New York City, and showed regularly thereafter until his death. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and as well at the Tate Gallery in London. Boxer created more than 7,000 drawings, paintings, and sculptures during his career.