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Frank Stella

American, b. 1936

Frank Stella is one of the central figures in postwar American art. A proponent of minimalism and non-representational abstraction, Stella is a painter, 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, Stella 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, 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. Herman Melville's 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 'Sinjerli Variation Squared with Colored Ground III' Lithograph
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Sinjerli Variation Squared with Colored Ground III'' is a 1981 lithograph printed in colors on wove paper. This piece is an artist proof from an edition of 32. Plea...
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1980s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Frank Stella 'Arundel Castle (AXSOM 5)' 1967 Print
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Arundel Castle (AXSOM 5)' Lithograph on Barcham Green paper, signed, dated and numbered 66/100 in pencil, from Black Series I, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angele...
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1960s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Lithograph

Addison Gallery 1982 SIGNED Frank Stella Vintage Poster, metallic rainbow
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

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

Nemrik
By Frank Stella
Located in Long Island City, NY
Nemrik by Frank Stella, American (1936) Date: 1999 Screenprint, etching, and lithograph, signed, numbered, and dated in pencil Edition of 10/60 with 14 APs. Image Size: 43 x 31 inche...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Etching, Screen

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  • Nemrik
  • Nemrik
H 52.5 in. W 40.5 in.
Frank Stella 'Chocorua (from Eccentric Polygons)' 1974 Print
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Chocorua (from Eccentric Polygons)' is a 1974 lithograph and screen print in color on Arches paper. The pieces in the series are named after small towns in the White ...
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1970s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Lithograph, Screen

Frank Stella 'Pastel Stack' Screenprint 1970
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Pastel Stack' is signed, dated and numbered to lower left ‘16/100 F. Stella 70’. This work is number 16 from the edition of 100 printed and published by Gemini G.E.L....
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1970s Contemporary Frank Stella

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Screen

2003 Frank Stella 'Seward Park' Minimalism Green,Yellow,Black Serigraph
By Frank Stella
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 39.5 x 39 inches ( 100.33 x 99.06 cm ) Image Size: 25.25 x 30.75 inches ( 64.135 x 78.105 cm ) Framed: No Condition: B-: Good Condition, Signs of Handling and Age A...
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Early 2000s Frank Stella

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Screen

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