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Frank Stella Art

American, b. 1936
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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Artist: Frank Stella
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 Art

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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 Art

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Lithograph

Marquis
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
If one is interested in Frank Stella's association with Op Art, his hypnotic and minimal "Aluminum Series" from 1970 is a great introduction. The "Aluminum Series" prints were base...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Honduras Lottery Co.
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1972, on J. Green mould-made paper signed in pencil, dated and inscribed an AP aside from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press Ltd., London, sheet: 40.6 x 55...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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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 Art

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Lithograph, Etching, Screen

Gran Cairo
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1972, on J. Green mould-made paper signed in pencil, dated and inscribed an AP aside from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press Ltd., London, sheet: 40.6 x 55...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Lithograph, 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 Art

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Screen

Conway
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
This is another fine example from Frank Stella's highly desirable "Eccentric Polygons" series. These works are noted for their dynamic forms where flat shapes were being pushed or c...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Referendum '70
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, 1970, signed, dated and numbered an AP aside the edition of 200 (there were 15 AP in total), published by Gemini G. E. L., Los Angeles., sheet: 99.5 x 98 cm (39¼ x 38½ i...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Screen

The Whale Watch
By Frank Stella
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frank Philip Stella (born May 12, 1936) is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella lives an...
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1990s Abstract Frank Stella Art

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Textile, Silk, Archival Ink, Digital, Archival Pigment

Six Mile Bottom
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
This fantastic minimal and mesmerizing Frank Stella print relates to one his most famous works, now in the permanent collection of the Tate Modern (London). The hypnotic form was fi...
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1970s Op Art Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

The Waves: A Squeeze of the Hand
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, lithograph, linocut, marbling and collage, in colours, with additional hand-colouring, 1988, on T. H. Saunders and Somerset wove paper, signed, dated and numbered from t...
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1980s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Frank Stella 'Fattiburg' Lithograph 1996
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Fattiburg' is a magnificent colour Lithograph, screenprint, etching, aquatint, relief, engraving and stamping on paper. This work is part of a small edition of only 3...
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1990s Contemporary Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Union, from Eccentric Polygons (Axsom 96)
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
FRANK STELLA Union, from Eccentric Polygons (Axsom 96), 1974 Color lithograph and silkscreen on 300-gram Arches paper with full margins 17 1/4 × 22 1/4 inches Edition of 100 Pencil s...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Shards V
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and screenprint in colours, 1982, on Arches paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 100 (there were also 20 artist’s proofs), published by Petersbu...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Shards II
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and screenprint in colours, 1982, on Arches paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 100 (there were also 20 artist’s proofs), published by Petersbu...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Empress of India II
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, in colours, 1968, on Lowell paper, signed, numbered, and dated from the edition of 100, Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 41.3 x 89 cm. (16¼ x 35 in.), fra...
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1960s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Moultonville, from Eccentric Polygons (Axsom 101 Gemini 547)
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
FRANK STELLA Moultonville, from Eccentric Polygons (Axsom 101 Gemini 547), 1974 12 Color Lithograph and Silkscreen in colors on Arches 22 × 17 inches Edition 2/100 Hand-signed by ar...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

The Musket
By Frank Stella
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A sculpture by Frank Stella. "The Musket" is an abstract wall sculpture, mixed media on aluminum in a wide array of colors and patterns by American Post-War artist Frank Stella. Ther...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Frank Stella Art

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Metal

The Waves: Squid
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Silkscreen, lithograph, linoleum block with hand-colouring, marbling and collage, 1989, on T. H. Saunders and Somerset paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 60, publi...
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1980s Abstract Frank Stella Art

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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 Art

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Screen

Sinjerli Variation 1a
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and screenprint in colours, 1977, on Arches Cover Paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press, New York., sheet: 81.3 × 107.3 ...
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Empress of India I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, in colours, 1968, on Lowell paper, Signed, numbered, and dated from the edition of 100, Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 41.3 x 89.9 cm. (16¼ x 35½ in.), ...
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1960s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Shards I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and Screenprint, in colours, 1982, on Arches Cover paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press, New York., 115.6 x 101 cm. (45...
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1980s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Sunapee
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Frank Stella created the "Eccentric Polygons" series in 1974. It is one of his last body of prints before he transitions to the exuberant, Baroque-busy, elaborate style that define...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Vintage Frank Stella Democratic Convention 1980 colorful Pop political poster
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 Art

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Lithograph

Frank Stella 'Calnagor' Etching 1996
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Calnagor' (from Imaginary Places II), created in 1996, is a color etching with aquatint and relief on handmade TGL paper. Signed, dated, and numbered 18/34 in pencil...
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1990s Contemporary Frank Stella Art

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Etching

Ifafa I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph with varnish, 1968, with LC Varnish on Lowell paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 41.3 x 56.8 cm. (...
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1960s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Fortin de las Flores (First Version)
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, 1967, on English Vellum Graph paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 200, published by Tanglewood Press, New York, printed by Fine Creations, Inc., New ...
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1960s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Prince of Hohenfliess (Axsom 250),
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
FRANK STELLA Prince of Hohenfliess (Axsom 250), 1997 Lithograph and silkscreen on white Lana mould-made paper 17 3/10 × 12 1/2 inches Edition 16/24 AP Signed, dated and annotated 'AP...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Averroes
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
If one is interested in Frank Stella's association with Op Art, his hypnotic and minimal "Aluminum Series" from 1970 is a great introduction. The "Aluminum Series" prints were base...
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1970s Op Art Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Vintage Frank Stella poster Musee des Vosges (Konskie II, Polish village)
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Original poster produced on the occasion of Frank Stella’s 1983 exhibition at the Musee Departemental des Vosges, Épinal, France. This vintage poster reproduces the artist’s 1971 abs...
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1980s Pop Art Frank Stella Art

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Offset

Shards IV
By Frank Stella
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Created in 1982, this lithograph and screenprint is hand signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) and numbered from the edition of 20 artist’s proofs in pencil. This...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

"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 Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Sidi Ifni from Homage to Picasso by Frank Stella
By Frank Stella
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Frank Stella Title: Sidi Ifni from Homage to Picasso Year: 1973 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 14/50 Image: Size: 19 x 19 inches Size: 22 x 29....
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

River of Ponds I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph in colours, 1971, on special Arjomari paper, signed, dated and numbered an AP aside from the edition of 78, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, sheet: 96.5 x 96.5 cm....
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Los Alamitos
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, in colours, 1972, on Gemini rag Board, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 75, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 51.4 × 203.5 cm. (20 1/4 x 80 ...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Bonne Bay
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and screenprint, in colours, 1971, on L.C. Special Arjomari paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 58, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 96.5...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Clinton Plaza
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Caviar20 is proud to be offering this exceptional example of Frank Stella's work. This work “Clinton Plaza” is from Stella's "Black Series I", which includes nine lithographs based o...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Limited Edition Porcelain Ashtray in Custom Box
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
FRANK STELLA Limited Edition Porcelain Ashtray, 2000 Porcelain dish in original box with leaflet 4 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 3 1/2 inches Edition of 2000 Plate signed on the box cover (see photo...
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Early 2000s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Les Indes III
By Frank Stella
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The title of this series of Frank Stella lithographs, "Les Indes Gallantes" references a French opera-ballet composed in the 17th century. The five acts of the ballet are transposed ...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

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-publish...
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1970s Minimalist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Metal Reliefs, Phillips Andover Academy
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Frank Stella Metal Reliefs, 1982 Silkscreen on metallic hued wove paper 38 × 23 inches Pencil signed and numbered 33/100 on the front Published by: Phillips Andover Academy, Andover,...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Dayton's Salutes the opening of Walker Art Center New Galleries
By Frank Stella
Located in New York, NY
Frank Stella The Dayton's Bag, 1984 Two (2) separate offset lithographs: one on each side of a mixed media paper shopping bag 18 1/2 × 16 × 4 inches Plate signed "Frank Stella '84" t...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Frank Stella Art

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Mixed Media, Lithograph

Rakow
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Acrylic, fabric and felt collage, in colours, 1972, on paperboard laid down on panel, signed, titled and dated '"RAKOW (SKETCH)" F Stella 72., 70.5 x 75.5 cm. (27 ¾ x 29 ¾ in.)
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1970s Abstract Frank Stella Art

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Fabric, Felt, Acrylic, Pencil

Yellow Journal
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1982, on white Arches Cover, mould-made paper, signed and dated an AP aside the edition of 50, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, NY, sheet: 133.5 x 97.8 ...
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1980s Minimalist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

1980 Democratic Convention Frank Stella SIGNED colorful vintage Pop poster
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 Art

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Lithograph

York Factory II
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Screenprint, 1974, on Arches Cover Black paper, signed, dated and numbered an AP aside from the edition of 100, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles., sheet: 46.9 x 112.8cm (18½ x...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

D.
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1972, on Zerkall Copperplate Deluxe paper, signed and dated in edition of 100, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 40.6 x 55.9 cm. (16 x 22 in.)
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Charlotte Tokayer
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1972, on Zerkall Copperplate Deluxe paper, signed and dated in pencil, from the edition of 100, published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 40.6 x 55.9 cm. (16 x 22 in.)
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Frank Stella 'Angriff' 1971
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's 'Angriff' from Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness is a screenprint Signed and dated in pencil 'F. Stella 71' (lower right) Numbered 48/150 Great condition. Please reac...
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1970s Contemporary Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Frank Stella 'Eskimo Curfew', From the Exotic Bird Series 1977
By Frank Stella
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Frank Stella's Eskimo Curlew, From Exotic Bird Series, 1977 is a Lithograph and screenprint in colors, on Arches 88 mould-made paper, signed in pencil and numbered out of 50 (there w...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Sinjerli Variations Squared with Black Grounds (I)
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Unique lithograph with screenprint in colours, 1982, on Arches paper, signed, titled and dated lower right corner, inscribed in pencil verso 'Black Trial Proof (I) Sinjerli Variation...
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1980s Minimalist Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Swan Engraving IV, from Swan Engravings
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Etching and relief, 1982, on white TGL handmade paper, signed and dated in pencil, lower right: F. Stella ‘82, numbered from the edition of 30, workshop number in pencil, verso, prin...
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1980s Abstract Frank Stella Art

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Etching

Shards III
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph and Screenprint in colours, 1982, on Arches Cover Paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press, New York, sheet: 114.9 x 101 cm...
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1980s Frank Stella Art

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Screen

Les Indes Galantes I
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, in colours, 1973, on J. Green mould-made paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press Ltd., London., sheet: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

Les Indes Galantes III
By Frank Stella
Located in London, GB
Lithograph, 1973, on J. Green mould-made paper, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, published by Petersburg Press Ltd., London., sheet: 40.6 x 55.9 cm. (16 x 22 in.),...
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1970s Frank Stella Art

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Lithograph

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Frank Stella makes paintings, prints and sculptures. The American artist's abstract compositions mostly fall under the category of minimalism. His famous works include Sinjerli Variation IV, Shards and Harran II. You can shop a collection of Frank Stella art on 1stDibs.

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