Theodore Stamos was the youngest of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist painters.
Admired by the likes of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, with whom he maintained lifelong
friendships, Stamos is reclaiming his rightful place amongst the annals of early New York Abstract Expressionism. In 1956, Theodoros Stamos came to his own as he was named the recipient of the prestigious National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, while exhibiting internationally and throughout the United States. He was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art, exhibition exhibition “The New Decade” with the likes of Jackson Pollock, William De Kooning, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. This exhibit began in 1955 at the Whitney Museum but then in 1956 made stops at the Art Galleries University of California at Los Angeles, Colorado Fine Arts Center, and the City Art Museum of St. Louis in 1956. He was also included in an exhibition organized by the Museo De Arte Moderno, Barcelona which traveled to the Tate Gallery, London for the “ Modern art in the United States” exhibition which concluded. While in New York Theodoros Stamos had his 5th one man show at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, and participated in two group exhibitions organized by museums. The first being “Watercolors Today” at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio and the second being the Whitney Museum of American Annual Exhibition of Sculpture, Paintings, Watercolors, Drawing.