Stephen Mueller by Joe Fyfe and Stephen Mueller. Illustrated, 59 pages, paperback. Joslyn Art Museum, 2003.
If pulse and breath were to be found in paint on canvas, the works of Stephen Mueller would be counted among the living entities in our world. With their delicate harmonies of preternatural color and form, they have an atmosphere presence that virtually throbs on the wall. An abstract painter based in New York City for many years now, Mueller has had a career measured by metamorphosing forms of personal and stylistic expression and by consistency of production and exhibition. This book from Joslyn Art Museum provides an illuminating survey of Mueller's work from 1977 to early 2000s, highlighting his evolving, probing responses to such diverse stimuli as Japanese art, Indian mythology, world music, and contemporary painting. Mueller's works are held in teh ecolelctions of major institutions across the country, and he has participated in numerous significant exhibitions. Yet in an active and notable career, this marks the artist's first solo presentation in a museum.