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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Frank Stella The Pacific, 1988 serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring
Frank Stella The Pacific, 1988 serigraph, lithogra...
Frank Stella
1980s Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Mixed Media, Screen Print, Lithograph
Frank Stella The Pacific, 1988 serigraph, lithograph, linocut, hand coloring , collage 75 x 54.75 in un-framed
Shards V

Frank Stella

Shards V
Frank Stella
1980s Post-War Abstract Prints
Mixed Media
Lithograph and screenprint in colors from 46 runs from 35 aluminum plates and 2 screens on 320 gram Arches Cover paper. Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower left F. Stella ‘82. A su...
Frank Stella (after), Democratic National Convention poster, 1980
Frank Stella (after), Democratic National Conventi...
Frank Stella
Late 20th Century American Modern Prints
Paper
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 198...
Ahab

Frank Stella

Ahab
Frank Stella
1980s Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Mixed Media, Screen Print
Frank Stella Ahab, 1988 silkscreen, lithography and linoleum block with marbling and collage 73.62 x 54.62 in un-framed
Fattipuff, from Imaginary Places II
Fattipuff, from Imaginary Places II
Frank Stella
1990s Contemporary Abstract Prints
Handmade Paper, Aquatint, Lithograph, Screen Print
A print by Frank Stella. "Fattipuff, from Imaginary Places II" is an abstract, lithograph, screenprint, etching, aquatint and relief in colors on TGL handmade paper executed in bright b...
Frank Stella Signed Scarf

By Frank Stella
Frank Stella Signed Scarf
Frank Stella
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Silk
Colorful silk scarf wall decoration mounted on wood frame.
Frank Stella Signed Scarf

By Frank Stella
Frank Stella Signed Scarf
Frank Stella
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Silk
Colorful silk scarf wall decoration mounted on wood frame, visit S Julian for our extensive Art Collection.
York Factory I

Frank Stella

York Factory I
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Prints and Multiples
Screen Print
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)
Frank Stella "Les Indes Galantes I"
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Abstract Prints
Lithograph
The title of this series of Frank Stella lithographs, "Les Indes Gallantes" references a French opera-ballet composed in the 17th century. Like many of Stella's creations the connecti...
Shards III

Frank Stella

Shards III
Frank Stella
1980s Post-War Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Shards III 1982 Offset lithograph and screenprint in colors printed with 39 runs from 31 plates and 2 screens on Arches Cover paper Hand-signed and dated lower left F. Stella ‘82. ...
Shards IV

Frank Stella

Shards IV
Frank Stella
1980s Post-War Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Original lithograph and screenprint in colors from 31 runs from 26 aluminum plates and 1 screen on 320 gram Arches Cover paper Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower right F. Stella ‘82...
Frank Stella, A Squeeze of the Hand, 1988 silkscreen, lithography, linocut
Frank Stella, A Squeeze of the Hand, 1988 silkscre...
Frank Stella
1980s Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Mixed Media, Screen Print
Frank Stella A Squeeze of the Hand, 1988 silkscreen, lithography and linoleum block with hand-coloring and collage 73 x 54.50 in un-framed
Pair of Hard Edge Geometric Abstract Paintings in Blue Grey and White
Pair of Hard Edge Geometric Abstract Paintings in ...
Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly
Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Paintings
Two large canvases are wired to be hung as diamonds, but could be hung as squares as well. Intersecting lines of white textured acrylic, with smooth areas of blue and grey. Stunning! Si...
Then Came a Stick and Beat the Dog, Illustrations ...
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract Abstract Prints
Paper, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Linocut, Screen Print
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 artis...
Telluride, from Copper Series

Frank Stella

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

Frank Stella

Ophir, from Copper Series
Frank Stella
1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints
Lithograph
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. C...
Late 20th Century Artist Made Aluminum Desk / Side...
Frank Stella
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs...
Aluminum
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 sculptura...
Tuftonboro (from Eccentric Polygons Series)
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Screen Print
Frank Stella Tuftonboro (from Eccentric Polygons Series), 1974 Lithograph and silkscreen in color 17h x 22w in
Effingham (Eccentric Polygons)
Effingham (Eccentric Polygons)
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Screen Print
Frank Stella Effingham (Eccentric Polygons), 1974 Lithograph And Screenprint 17h x 22w in
Green Solitaire

Frank Stella

Green Solitaire
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Abstract Sculptures
Mixed Media
Frank Stella Green Solitaire, 1977 Acrylic And Glitter On Corrugated Tycore 20.30h x 27.80w x 4d in
'River of Ponds' Wool Tapestry Rug by Frank Stella, 1970

By Frank Stella
'River of Ponds' Wool Tapestry Rug by Frank Stella...
Frank Stella
Vintage 1970s Indian Modern Indian Rugs
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 he...
East Euralia, from: Imaginary Places
East Euralia, from: Imaginary Places
Frank Stella
1990s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Screen Print
FRANK STELLA b. 1936 1936 Malden, Massachusetts, USA (American) Title: East Euralia, from: Imaginary Places, 1995 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Screenprint and Lithogra...
Frank Stella, Hark!, 1988 silkscreen, lithography, linocut with hand-coloring,
Frank Stella, Hark!, 1988 silkscreen, lithography,...
Frank Stella
1980s Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Mixed Media, Screen Print, Permanent Marker, Lithograph, Linocut
Frank Stella Hark!, 1988 silkscreen, lithography and linoleum block with hand-coloring and collage 73.75 x 52.87 in un-framed
Untitled

Frank Stella

Untitled
Frank Stella
1990s Abstract Abstract Prints
Lithograph
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. Note...
Large 1960s Op-Art Abstract Painting
Large 1960s Op-Art Abstract Painting
Frank Stella, Don Head
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings
Canvas, Acrylic
Large acrylic on canvas hard edge op-art painting. Signed lower left, Zelitz or Zalitz(?), circa 1960-1970. Unframed. Very good, original condition. Measure: 48" wide x 36" high.
Eskimo Curlew

Frank Stella

Eskimo Curlew
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Abstract Paintings
Glitter, Acrylic Paint
FRANK STELLA Eskimo Curlew, 1977 Acrylic, glitter and oil stick on Tycore 18 x 23 x 5-1/2 inches
Untitled (Rabat)- from Ten Works by Ten Painters p...
Frank Stella
1960s Abstract Abstract Prints
Screen Print
This stunning and important screenprint was produced by the celebrated American artist Frank Stella in 1964 for the portfolio "Ten Works by Ten Painters.". It was the artist's first ed...
Estoril Five I

Frank Stella

Estoril Five I
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract More Prints
Etching, Woodcut Print
Estoril Five I (from Circuits), 1982 Etching and woodcut in colors on TGL handmade paper 66 3/4 x 51 1/2 inches Edition of 30, signed
The Pacific

Frank Stella

The Pacific
Frank Stella
1980s Post-War Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Linocut, Screen Print
A silkscreen, lithograph and linocut with hand-coloring and collage by Post War artist Frank Stella. "The Pacific" is an abstract print executed primarily in reds, violets, black, orang...
Rozangrodek II

Frank Stella

Rozangrodek II
Frank Stella
1970s American Modern Mixed Media
Mixed Media
Dyed and Collaged Paper, Hand Colored Unique 1936 May 12, Frank Philip Stella born in Malden, Massachusetts. His father is a gynecologist, his mother had attended art school. 1950-54...
Frank Stella "Vortex Engraving" Charger, 2000
Frank Stella
Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Sculptures
Other Medium
Perhaps Stella's most radical act was the change of style he undertook in the late 1970's shifting from flat geometric abstraction to a dynamic almost "baroque" layering of textures, fo...
Bene Come il Sale

Frank Stella

Bene Come il Sale
Frank Stella
1980s Post-War Abstract Prints
Paper, Etching
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 wi...
Pair of Frank Stella Signed Mounted Silk Scarf

By Frank Stella
Pair of Frank Stella Signed Mounted Silk Scarf
Frank Stella
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Outstanding design by Frank Stella, please visit our site for complete details on the second piece.
Imola three II

Frank Stella

Imola three II
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract Abstract Prints
Woodcut Print
This print is from the acclaimed "Circuits" series (1980 - 84). The titles of the Circuit prints identify auto-racing tracks that Stella visited in the late 1970s: Talladega (Alabama), ...
La Penna di hu (black and white)

Frank Stella

La Penna di hu (black and white)
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract Abstract Prints
Etching
This print is from the,"Italian Folktales" series (1984 - 87). Stella was drawn to folktales for their simplicity and fantasy and for their potential to be narrated in terms of abstract...
Fanattia

Frank Stella

Fanattia
Frank Stella
1990s Abstract Abstract Prints
Etching
This print is from Frank Stella's, Imaginary Places series (1994 - 2004). These prints are recognizable for their teeming compositions of twisting, colliding, and knotted forms, held in...
Bene Com il sale

Frank Stella

Bene Com il sale
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract Abstract Prints
Etching
This print is from the,"Italian Folktales" series (1988 - 89). Stella was drawn to folktales for their simplicity and fantasy and for their potential to be narrated in terms of abstract...
Talladega Three III

Frank Stella

Talladega Three III
Frank Stella
1980s Abstract Abstract Prints
Etching
This print is from the acclaimed "Circuits" series (1980 - 84). The titles of the Circuit prints identify auto-racing tracks that Stella visited in the late 1970s: Talladega (Alabama), ...
Frank Stella 1967 Lithograph "Black Series II" Signed Numbered 6?/100
Frank Stella 1967 Lithograph "Black Series II" Sig...
Frank Stella
Vintage 1960s American Prints
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 the...
Sinjerli Variation III

Frank Stella

Sinjerli Variation III
Frank Stella
1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Screen Print
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Frank Stella Sinjerli Variation III 1977 Offset lithograph and screenprint 32 x 42 1/2 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gre...
Sinjerli Variation IIa

Frank Stella

Sinjerli Variation IIa
Frank Stella
1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints
Lithograph, Screen Print
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Frank Stella Sinjerli Variation IIa 1977 Offset lithograph and screenprint 32 x 42 1/2 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gre...
Les Indes Galantes

Frank Stella

Les Indes Galantes
Frank Stella
1970s Post-War Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Portfolio: Les Indes Galantes Medium: The complete suite of five offset lithographs Sheet size: 16 x 22 inches, each Printer: Petersburg Press, London and New York Publisher: Peters...
1970s Hard Edge Painting in the Manner of Frank St...
Frank Stella, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Don Head
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings
Acrylic Paint, Canvas, Wood
Fine colorful acrylic on canvas 1970s hard edge painting. Excellent original condition with white wood contour frame. Unsigned. Canvas measures 24" x 36".
Les Indes Gallantes II
Les Indes Gallantes II
Frank Stella
1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints
Lithograph
Artist: Frank Stella Title: Les Indes Gallantes II Year: 1973 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 53/100 Image Size: 8 x 16 inches Size: 16 x 22 inches Frame: 22....
Large Geometric Hard Edge Painting

Large Geometric Hard Edge Painting
Frank Stella
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings
Paint
Very impressive 1970's Hard Edge Geometric color wave painting. Unsigned but well done.