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Frank Stella (USA, b. 1936)

Frank Stella is one of the central figures in postwar American art. A proponent of minimalism and non-representational abstraction, Stella is apainter, printmaker and sculptor. A native of Massachusetts, he attended Phillips Academy in Andover and earned a BA from Princeton, where he studied art and color theory with Josef Albers and Hans Hofmann. Stella frequented New York galleries as a student and was intrigued by the work of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, both of whom were at the height of their creative powers in the late 1950s. After moving to New York in 1958, he gravitated toward the geometric abstraction and restrained painting style of Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns. Johns’s flat, graphic images of common objects such as targets and flags prompt viewers to question the essential nature of representation and whether these pictures are really paintings or simply new iterations of the items themselves. Stella pushed Johns’s reasoning further, considering paintings on canvas as objects in their own right, like sculptures, rather than representations. This led him to reject certain formal conventions, eschewing sketches and often using nontraditional materials, like house paint.


In 1959, Stella created his “Black Paintings,” series, in which bands of black paint are separated by thin, precise stripes of bare canvas. At a time when contemporary painting was all about wild gestures, thick paint and formal abandon, these pieces created a sensation. That same year, Stella's work was included in the exhibition "Sixteen Americans" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and he joined the roster of artists represented by Leo Castelli Gallery. In 1960, he began introducing color into his work and using unconventionally shaped canvases to complement his compositions. In his “Eccentric Polygon” series, from 1965 and ‘66, he embraces asymmetry and bold color, creating forms delineated by painted fields and by the edges of the canvas. This series was followed by the 1967–70 “Protractor” series, characterized by colorful circles and arcs. Named after the ancient cities whose circular plans Stella had noticed while traveling in the Middle East during the 1960s, s these works usually comprised several canvases set flush against one another so that the geometric figures in each section came together in a larger, more complex whole. Also in the mid-1960s, Stella started exploring printmaking, initially working with Kenneth Tyler, of Gemini G.E.L., and later installing printing equipment in his own studio. In 1968, he created the “V” series of lithographs,which included the print Quathlamba I. Following a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, Stella began working in three dimensions, adding relief elements to paintings, which could almost be considered wall-mounted sculptures. Stella’s 1970-–73 “Polish Village” series was inspired by a documentary photos and architectural drawings of Polish synagogues that had been destroyed by Nazis during World War II. The resulting works — composed primarily of paint and cloth on plywood — are more rugged and less polished than his previous series. Moby-Dick was his muse for a series of three dimensional works he created in the 1980s in which waveforms, architectural elements and Platonic solids play a prominent role. During this period, Stella embraced a new, exuberant style that is exemplified in La Scienza della Fiacca. In 1997, he oversaw the creation of the Stella Project, a 5,000-square-foot work inside the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. A large free-standing sculpture by Stella stands outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


Stella’s work is in the collections of numerous important museum collections around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Menil Collection, in Houston; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2009, and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Center in 2011.

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Olyka III
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Throughout his extraordinary career, Frank Stella significantly influenced post-war American art; notably the rejection of abstract expressionism and the emergence of hard-edge abst...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella

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Parchment Paper

Massive 1970 Hard Edge Abstract Shaped Canvas Manner of Frank Stella
By Don Head, Frank Stella, Richard Anuskiewicz
Located in Garnerville, NY
Straight from a prominent estate in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester, NY. Polymer acrylic on hand stretched canvas on a shaped stretcher. Signed on the underside of the canvas, D. Head ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Frank Stella

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Canvas, Acrylic, Wood

Estoril Five I
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
1982 Etching and woodcut in colors with relief on TGL handmade paper Sheet: 67 x 52 in. Edition of 30 Signed, dated and inscribed in pencil Framed
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1980s Abstract Frank Stella

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Etching, Woodcut

Frank Stella "Polar Co-ordinates V"
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Frank Stella (b. 1936) is one of our favorite 20th century artists- he helped topple Abstract Expressionism and ushered in a new era of art making. His aesthetic encouraged Minimalis...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

SIGNED Frank Stella 1980 Democratic Convention colorful vintage poster, pop art
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Colorful vintage poster for the 1980 Democratic National Convention, held in Madison Square Garden in New York.Concentric lines of orange and bright green interweave with strokes of ...
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1980s Pop Art Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Modernist Shaped Canvas Painting in Manner of Frank Stella, circa 1970s
By Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella
Located in Peabody, MA
Shaped canvas painting in the manner of Frank Stella or Kenneth Noland circa 1970s.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Frank Stella

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Canvas, Paint

Frank Stella "Lake City" Screenprint, 1970
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
"Lake City" is a paradigm of Frank Stella's work. It is a descendant of his Copper Series paintings from 1960-61. Several of Frank Stella's prints revisit/reinterpret his most succes...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Screen

Frank Stella 1967 Lithograph "Black Series II" Signed Numbered 6?/100
By Frank Stella
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A special lithograph by the renowned artist Frank Stella. This is from the first year he started making lithographs and is from his Black Series II. This particular Lithograph is in ...
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1960s American Vintage Frank Stella

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Paper

Referendum
By Frank Stella
Located in Washington, DC
Frank Stella, like many artists of his generation, was politically active and engaged. Stella participated in several fundraising efforts where he donated an edition to a worthy cau...
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20th Century Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Paper, Screen

Frank Stella "Furg"
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Caviar20 is proud to be offering this distinctive Frank Stella work, one of the most sought-after pieces from the "Merce Cunningham" portfolio. Cunningham was a highly-decorated Am...
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Frank Stella "Rabat" Screenprint, 1964
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
"Rabat" is an important work in Frank Stella's oeuvre as it is his first print, created in 1964. Unlike his future prints, this work was an adaptation of a gouache based on one of th...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Screen

Sidi Ifni -- Offset Lithograph, Minimalism, Contemporary Art by Frank Stella
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
FRANK STELLA Sidi Ifni, 1973 Offset lithograph in colours, on Copperplate Deluxe paper Signed, dated and numbered in pencil from the edition of 7/90 From Hommage à Picasso Co-publis...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Hudson River Valley (from Hudson River Valley Portfolio), Abstract Art
By Frank Stella
Located in Hamburg, DE
Frank Stella (American, b. 1936) Hudson River Valley (from Hudson River Valley Portfolio), 1996 Medium: Lithograph and silkscreen on vellum paper Dimensions: 11 3/5 × 16 1/10 in (29....
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Late 20th Century Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Monstrous Pictures of Whales
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Monstrous Pictures of Whales, 1993 Color lithographs, etching, aquatint, relief, and screenprint collage on paper 47 1/2 × 75 5/8 in Edition of 38...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Frank Stella

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Etching, Aquatint, Lithograph, Screen

Frank Stella-Polar Coordinates, Variant I-31.5" x 23.5"-Poster-1980
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Frank Stella-Polar Coordinates, Variant I-31.5" x 23.5"-Poster-1980
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Offset

Sinjerli Ia
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Sinjerli Variation Ia 1977 Offset lithograph and screenprint 32 x 42 1/2 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed, dated, and numbered Accompanied with C...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Screen

Frank Stella-Musee Departemental Des Vosges-28.75" x 19.25"-Poster-1983-Minimali
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Frank Stella-Musee Departemental Des Vosges-28.75" x 19.25"-Poster-1983-Minimalism-Multicolor
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Offset

Shards IV
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 100 From 'Shards' Published by Petersburg Press, New York Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Frank Stella-Kastura-38" x 23"-Offset Lithograph-1982-Minimalism-sculpture
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster for a show titled Metal Reliefs at the Addison Gallery of American Art, October 23- December 17, 1982 Hand signed in bottom left corner of image in pen.
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Offset

Frank Stella-Prints 1967-1982-75" x 52"-Poster-1982-Contemporary-Black & White
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is an offset lithograph created for an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art from January 13 - March 13 in 1983. The exhibit celebrated Stella’s works from 1967-1982. S...
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Offset

Frank Stella - Lincoln Center Festival - 1967 Poster
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original poster designed by Frank Stella for the Lincoln Center Film Festival in 1967. Each year, the Film Festival produces a different poster. Other notable posters of the Film fes...
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1960s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Offset

Hudson River Valley (from Hudson River Valley Portfolio), Abstract Art
By Frank Stella
Located in Hamburg, DE
Frank Stella (American, b. 1936) Hudson River Valley (from Hudson River Valley Portfolio), 1996 Medium: Lithograph and silkscreen on vellum paper Dimensions: 11 3/5 × 16 1/10 in (29....
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Late 20th Century Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Frank Stella (after), Democratic National Convention poster, 1980
By Frank Stella
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Offset lithographic poster after Frank Stella. From the unsigned edition of unknown size (there was a signed and numbered edition of 250). Original run commemorative poster for the ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Frank Stella

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Paper

Line Up -- Print, Lithograph, Abstract, Contemporary Art by Frank Stella
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
FRANK STELLA Line Up, 1973 Lithograph in colours, on J.Green mould-made paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100 From Jasper's Dilemma Printed by Cook, Hammond and K...
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1970s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Frank Stella "Sharpsville", 1972
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Frank Stella's oeuvre encapsulates many of the key developments in post-war American art; notably the rejection of abstract expressionism and the introduction of hard-edge abstractio...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Shards V
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph and screenprint on Arches cover, Signed and dated
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Lithograph

The Butcher Came and Slew the Ox
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Hand-colored and collaged with lithographic, linoleum block, and screen printings Signed and numbered Hand-colored and collaged with lithographic, linoleum block, and screen printing...
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Then Came an Ox and Drank the Water
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
"Lithograph, linocut, and screenprint in colors with hand-coloring on T.H. Saunders paper background and collage on Somerset paper, Edition of 60, From ""Illustrations After El Lissi...
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Frank Stella-Peterson IV-37.75" x 27.25"-Poster-1980-Minimalism-Green
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original poster created by Frank Stella for the Democratic National Convention in 1980 for the reelection. It measures 27 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches and the paper image 24 x 24 inches.
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20th Century Frank Stella

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Offset

New Abstract Cubism Contemporary Moroccan Style Rug Inspired by Paul Klee
By Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Frank Stella, Berber Tribes of Morocco, Paul Klee
Located in Dallas, TX
80533, new abstract cubism contemporary Moroccan style rug inspired by Paul Klee 09'11 x 13'07. Bold, pastel, dark and light hues of the colors woven into this hand knotted wool cont...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Expressionist Frank Stella

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Wool

Hyena Stomp, from Jasper's Dilemma
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Hyena Stomp, from Jasper's Dilemma 1973 Lithograph 16 x 22 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shien...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Then Came an Ox and Drank the Water
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph, linocut, and screenprint in colors with hand-coloring on T.H. Saunders paper background and collage on Somerset paper Edition of 60 From "Illustrations After El Lissitzky...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Linocut, Screen

Frank Stella "Les Indes Galantes V" Lithograph, 1973
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The title of this series of Frank Stella lithographs, "Les Indes Galantes" references a French opera-ballet composed in the 17th century. Like many of Stella's creations the connec...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Protractor VI
By Frank Stella
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Frank Stella, American (1936 - ) Title: Protractor VI - Constructivism in 20th Century Art Year: 1979 Medium: Silkscreen Poster Size: 29.5 in. x 51 in. (74.93 cm x 129.54 cm)
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Screen

Vintage Frank Stella Poster: iridescent rainbow metallic Addison Gallery 1982
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
This shimmering, metallic vintage poster with rainbow text and layers of texture must be seen in person to appreciate Frank Stella's masterful design. Original exhibition poster for...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Frank Stella, Black Series I, Suite of 4 lithographs, 1967
By Frank Stella
Located in Houston, TX
These four wonderful lithographs by Frank Stella are from a portfolio of nine prints published in 1967 by Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. The Museum of Modern Art in New York owns a co...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Frank Stella "Kay Bearman" Lithograph, 1972
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Frank Stella's work references many of the key developments or movements in post-war American painting; geometric abstraction, color field painting and Minimalism. The prints that m...
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Polar Co-ordinates IV
By Frank Stella
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph, screenprint and letterpress in colors from 40 runs from 33 aluminum plates, 2 screens and 2 blocks on 320 gram Arches Cover wove paper Hand-signed and dated in ...
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1980s Post-War Frank Stella

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Mixed Media

"Prints 1967-1982", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
This poster was created for the Frank Stella exhibition "Prints 1967-1982" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1983. It is an offset lithograph and is framed.
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1980s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Offset

Polar Coordinates VII
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Polar Coordinates VII 1980 Mixed media - lithograph and screenprint in colors with hand-coloring in tempera, acrylic metallic paint, gouache and ...
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1980s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Aluminum Series - Casa Cornu
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Aluminum Series - Casa Cornu 1970 Lithograph and screenprint on Arjomari paper 16 x 22 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed & numbered Accompani...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Aluminum Series - Six Miles Bottom
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Aluminum Series - Six Miles Bottom 1970 Lithograph and screenprint on Arjomari paper 16 x 22 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed & numbered ...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Aluminum Series - Union Pacific
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Aluminum Series - Union Pacific 1970 Lithograph and screenprint on Arjomari paper 16 x 22 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with CO...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Les Indes Galantes III
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Les Indes Galantes II 1973 Lithograph 16 x 22 in. A.P. Edition of 20 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienba...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Les Indes Galantes V
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Les Indes Galantes II 1973 Lithograph 16 x 22 in. A.P. Edition of 20 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienba...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Then Came a Stick and Beat the Dog, Illustrations After El Lissitzky's Had Gadya
By Frank Stella
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Lithograph, linocut, and screenprint in colors with hand-coloring and collage, on wove paper, 1984, signed and dated in pencil, from the numbered edition of 60 (there were also 10 ar...
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1980s Abstract Frank Stella

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Linocut, Screen, Paper, Mixed Media, Lithograph

Palmito Ranch, from Benjamin Moore
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Frank Stella Palmito Ranch, from Benjamin Moore 1972 Lithograph 16 x 22 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Large, Hand-Colored, Frank Stella 3-d print
By Frank Stella
Located in Newport Beach, CA
A vibrant, signed dated and numbered, mixed media print by the iconic, American artist, Frank Stella: lithograph, linocut, and screen-print in colors with hand-coloring and collage, ...
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1980s American Vintage Frank Stella

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Paper

York Factory I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 100. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamp. (Axsom 63)
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella

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Screen

Late 20th Century Artist Made Aluminum Desk / Side Chair by Jose Pascual
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Stunning late 20th century Modern Craftsman artist made desk / side chair in aluminum relying on abstraction and the grid form as means of defining space and transparency. The sculpt...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Frank Stella

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Aluminum

Ophir, from Copper Series
By Frank Stella
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Frank Stella Ophir, from Copper Series 1970 Lithograph 16 x 22 in. Edition of 75 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art....
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Green Solitaire
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Frank Stella Green Solitaire, 1977 Acrylic And Glitter On Corrugated Tycore 20.30h x 27.80w x 4d in
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1970s Post-War Frank Stella

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Mixed Media

'River of Ponds' Wool Tapestry Rug by Frank Stella, 1970
By Frank Stella
Located in Milan, IT
Frank Stella is one of the leading figures of the Minimalist movement. Initially influenced by the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, towards the late fifties...
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1970s Indian Modern Vintage Frank Stella

Untitled
By Frank Stella
Located in Fairlawn, OH
A unique example of a section of color lithograph including hand editions by the artist, collaged on a support board. Signed, dated, and inscribed "For Pat" in ink in the image. N...
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1990s Abstract Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Eskimo Curlew
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
FRANK STELLA Eskimo Curlew, 1977 Acrylic, glitter and oil stick on Tycore 18 x 23 x 5-1/2 inches
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella

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Glitter, Acrylic

Bene Come il Sale
By Frank Stella
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A etching and aquatint relief on paper by Post War artist Frank Stella. "Bene Come il Sale" is an abstract etching and aquatint executed in in florescent orange, green, pink and blue...
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1980s Post-War Frank Stella

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Paper, Etching

Large Geometric Hard Edge Painting
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Very impressive 1970's Hard Edge Geometric color wave painting. Unsigned but well done.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Frank Stella

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Paint