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Frank Stella

Frank Stella

United States • Born in: 1936

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Abstract Expressionnism

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Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1936. Now, he lives and works in New York. Not only is Stella often considered a pioneer of minimalism, but he is also a central representative of Op Art and shaped canvas. He studied Arts at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and History at Princeton University. Stella was influenced by abstract expressionism and artists Pollock and Kline. Later, Stella renounced the expressive use of painting and rejected the lyricism of the movement. He focused on the contrasts between shape and color by painting abnormally-shaped canvases. This led him to break the boundaries of classical geometric work and his paintings evolved into real sculptures from the 1980s onwards. 

Stella's first solo show was in 1960 where he exhibited his "Black paintings" despite having already been shown in NYC's Museum of Modern Art during the "Sixteen Americans" exhibition. These works are the culmination of his reflections on object-painting and marked his break with abstract expressionism. The compositions are defined by the representation of black stripes separated by fine white lines. Again, Stella explores the opposing forms and the absence of color. He uses painting as an end and not as a means of expression or representation. As the minimalist artist, Carl Andre said, "Frank Stella has found it necessary to paint stripes. There is nothing else in his painting. Frank Stella is not interested in expression or sensitivity. He is interested in the necessities of painting... His stripes are the paths of brush on canto These paths lead only into painting". This exhibition marked the starting point of the minimalist movement. 

Stella developed "shaped canvases", where the contour merges with the painted shapes. He experiments with colors: white, black, or multicolored, and media: aluminum, copper, or steel. His compositions are generally in series. In the mid-1970s, there was a turning point in his artistic approach. He began to work in relief, influenced by the Baroque movement. Since the 1980s, sculpting has kept Stella's interest and he has produced almost exclusively sculpture. 

Frank Stella's work has been presented in numerous exhibitions. He is one of the few artists who have been able to attend his own retrospective during his lifetime. In 1970 and then nearly ten years later, exhibitions were dedicated to him at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His sculpture, "The Prince of Hamburg", was installed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2001.

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Frank Stella, Sidi Ifni, Print

Frank Stella

Sidi Ifni, 1973 22 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch Print

$12,500

Frank Stella, Nemrik, Print

Frank Stella

Nemrik, 1999 44 x 32 x 0.1 inch Print

$25,000

Our recommendations Frank Stella, Bonne Bay, Print

Frank Stella

Bonne Bay, 1971 38 x 70 inch Print

$49,426

Our recommendations Frank Stella, Empress of India II, from V Series, Print

Frank Stella

Empress of India II, from V Series, 1968 16.3 x 35 inch Print

$16,649

Our recommendations Frank Stella, Whitney Museum of American Art, 13 January - 13 March 1983, Print

Frank Stella

Whitney Museum of American Art, 13 January - 13 March 1983, 1983 74.8 x 52 inch Print

$5,203

Frank Stella, Sidi Ifni, Print

Frank Stella

Sidi Ifni, 1973 22 x 29.5 inch Print

$9,500

Our recommendations Frank Stella, Fortin de las Flores (First Version), Print

Frank Stella

Fortin de las Flores (First Version), 1967 18.1 x 23 inch Print

$13,527

Our recommendations Frank Stella, Shards II, Print

Frank Stella

Shards II, 1982 39.75 x 45.25 x 1 inch Print

$27,000

Frank Stella, Referendum '70, Print

Frank Stella

Referendum '70, 1970 39.2 x 38.6 inch Print

$28,095

Frank Stella, Empress of India I, from V Series, Print

Frank Stella

Empress of India I, from V Series, 1968 16.3 x 35.4 inch Print

$16,649

Frank Stella, Charlotte Tokayer, Print

Frank Stella

Charlotte Tokayer, 1972 16 x 22 inch Print

$8,324

Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, Print

Frank Stella

Gran Cairo, 1972 16 x 22 inch Print

$10,405

Frank Stella, York Factory II, Print

Frank Stella

York Factory II, 1974 18.5 x 44.4 inch Print

$28,095

Frank Stella, Going Abroad, from Waves II, Print

Frank Stella

Going Abroad, from Waves II, 1989 73.6 x 54.7 inch Print

$31,216

Frank Stella, Ileana Sonnabend, Print

Frank Stella

Ileana Sonnabend, 1972 16 x 22 inch Print

$8,324

Frank Stella, Les Indes Galantes III, Print

Frank Stella

Les Indes Galantes III, 1973 16 x 22 inch Print

$10,926

Frank Stella, Shards III, Print

Frank Stella

Shards III, 1982 45.2 x 39.8 inch Print

$18,730

Frank Stella, Libertinia, Print

Frank Stella

Libertinia, 1995 21.6 x 49.2 inch Print

$28,095

Frank Stella, Swan Engraving IV, Print

Frank Stella

Swan Engraving IV, 1982 66.7 x 51 inch Print

$20,290

Frank Stella, Shards V, Print

Frank Stella

Shards V, 1982 39.75 x 45.25 x 1 inch Print

$27,000

Frank Stella, The butcher came and slew the ox, Print

Frank Stella

The butcher came and slew the ox, 1984 56.87 x 53.37 x 1 inch Print

$35,000

Frank Stella, Shards III, Print

Frank Stella

Shards III, 1982 17.8 x 15.6 x 0.4 inch Print

$27,000

Frank Stella, Lake City, Print

Frank Stella

Lake City, 1970 16 x 22 inch Print

$7,180

Frank Stella, Fattipuff from Imaginary Places II, Print

Frank Stella

Fattipuff from Imaginary Places II, 1996 33.9 x 33.9 inch Print

$26,013

Frank Stella, Jundapur, Print

Frank Stella

Jundapur, 1996 28.3 x 26 inch Print

$26,013

Frank Stella, Shards V, Print

Frank Stella

Shards V, 1982 39.8 x 45.2 inch Print

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Frank Stella, Star of Persia I, Print

Frank Stella

Star of Persia I, 1967 26 x 31.5 inch Print

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Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1936. Now, he lives and works in New York. Not only is Stella often considered a pioneer of minimalism, but he is also a central representative of Op Art and shaped canvas. He studied Arts at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and History at Princeton University. Stella was influenced by abstract expressionism and artists Pollock and Kline. Later, Stella renounced the expressive use of painting and rejected the lyricism of the movement. He focused on the contrasts between shape and color by painting abnormally-shaped canvases. This led him to break the boundaries of classical geometric work and his paintings evolved into real sculptures from the 1980s onwards. 

Stella's first solo show was in 1960 where he exhibited his "Black paintings" despite having already been shown in NYC's Museum of Modern Art during the "Sixteen Americans" exhibition. These works are the culmination of his reflections on object-painting and marked his break with abstract expressionism. The compositions are defined by the representation of black stripes separated by fine white lines. Again, Stella explores the opposing forms and the absence of color. He uses painting as an end and not as a means of expression or representation. As the minimalist artist, Carl Andre said, "Frank Stella has found it necessary to paint stripes. There is nothing else in his painting. Frank Stella is not interested in expression or sensitivity. He is interested in the necessities of painting... His stripes are the paths of brush on canto These paths lead only into painting". This exhibition marked the starting point of the minimalist movement. 

Stella developed "shaped canvases", where the contour merges with the painted shapes. He experiments with colors: white, black, or multicolored, and media: aluminum, copper, or steel. His compositions are generally in series. In the mid-1970s, there was a turning point in his artistic approach. He began to work in relief, influenced by the Baroque movement. Since the 1980s, sculpting has kept Stella's interest and he has produced almost exclusively sculpture. 

Frank Stella's work has been presented in numerous exhibitions. He is one of the few artists who have been able to attend his own retrospective during his lifetime. In 1970 and then nearly ten years later, exhibitions were dedicated to him at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His sculpture, "The Prince of Hamburg", was installed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2001.

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What is Frank Stella’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Abstract Expressionnism

When was Frank Stella born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1936