BRIDGEPORT – The works American artist Stanley Boxer, known for the exuberant qualities of his thickly brushed abstract paintings and energetic works on paper and sculptures, will be on display Feb. 11 to March 28 at the Housatonic Museum of Art.

The exhibit, Rememberingstanleyboxer: A Retrospective 1946 – 2000, features more than sixty works from this period that explore his manipulation of surfaces, textures, and colors in various media. The exhibit includes include both figurative and abstract compositions.

The opening reception will be will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Burt Chernow Galleries in Lafayette Hall on the campus of Housatonic Community College. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in New York City, Boxer began formal art training at the Art Students League after leaving the Navy at the end of World War II. Boxer had his first one-person exhibition of paintings in New York in 1953, and his work has been shown regularly for over five decades in galleries and museums nationwide.

Boxer’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA Award, and he was a member of the National Academy of Design.

Highlights of the exhibition include paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. In the paintings, mostly mixed media on canvas, Boxer combined diverse materials such as strings and pebbles with thickly applied paint to create complex abstract compositions of pattern, texture, and color. The 1985 painting Lacedplumeinabam shows his use of thick impasto of oil paint to create dramatic overall texture. He gave his paintings titles, which were long, run-on sentences, inspired by the German language.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Stevens, an independent scholar, and coordinated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums. An illustrated catalogue, made possible through the generosity of Salvatore and Alice Federico and published by University of Richmond Museums, is available.

Housatonic Community College is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd in Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.