Xico Greenwald reviews the exhibition Offerings of Light: Paintings and Studies by Theo Stavropoulos at Lehman College Art Gallery, on view through September 26, 2013.
Greenwald writes that "Stavropoulos studied painting with Surrealist artist Giorgos Gounaropoulos. Writing in the exhibition catalog, Amei Wallach says his early exposure to Surrealism allowed Stavropoulos to test 'the borders between reality and the dream,' a characteristic evident in the fifty years of artwork represented here. After the war Stavropoulos moved to Paris where he studied with Léger before attending Yale’s Master of Fine Arts program, then headed by artist and color-theorist Josef Albers. The artworks in this exhibition reflect the influences of both teachers; some of the canvases here feature softly modeled abstract forms reminiscent of Léger’s 'machine art' pieces, except Stavropoulos’ palette is restrained, an economy of color informed by Albers, subtly tinted paintings that shimmer with silvery light."