Frank Stella. Courtesy The Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Christopher Gregory for The New York Times.
At 82, the artist Frank Stella has done it all and isn't terribly concerned what anyone thinks. He is matter-of-fact and unguarded, secure on his perch in the pantheon after two solo retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. He can — and did — wear white house-slippers to an interview and photo shoot. Deal with it.
Mr. Stella became art-famous not long after graduating from Princeton in 1958, and he has been lauded for achievements like his early Black Paintings, with their dazzling geometric rigor and their power to inspire statements like his "What you see is what you see."