Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Swan Engraving I 1982
Etching on paper
image: 1667 x 1285 mm
on paper, print






















from Black Series II
[title not known] 1967
Lithograph on paper, print




Six Mile Bottom 1960
Metallic paint on canvas




Frank Stella born 1936
American abstract painter, born in Malden, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Began to paint abstract pictures while at Phillips Academy, Andover. Studied history at Princeton University 1954-8, also attending painting courses there under William Seitz and Stephen Greene; influenced by Pollock and Kline, later by Newman and Johns. Moved to New York in 1958. In reaction against Abstract Expressionism, painted in 1958-60 a series of black pictures with the entire field covered with regular bands, followed in 1960 by an aluminum series, his first shaped canvases. First one-man exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1960. A friend of Andre and Judd and had considerable influence on the development of Minimal sculpture. Next made several series with more radically shaped formats and some with multi-colors. Painted 'Irregular Polygons' 1966-7, then 'Protractor' series with interlaced color bands and sometimes fan-like formats. His later work has included paintings with cut-out shapes in relief. Lives in New York.