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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Frank Stella

b. 1936, USA

In 1959, Frank Stella gained early, immediate recognition with his series of coolly impersonal black striped paintings that turned the gestural brushwork and existential angst of Abstract Expressionism on its head. Focusing on the formal elements of art-making, Stella went on to create increasingly complicated work that seemed to follow a natural progression of dynamism, tactility, and scale: first, by expanding his initial monochrome palette to bright colors, and, later, moving painting into the third dimension through the incorporation of other, non-painterly elements onto the canvas. He ultimately went on to create large-scale freestanding sculptures, architectural structures, and the most complex work ever realized in the medium of printmaking. Stella's virtually relentless experimentation has made him a key figure in American modernism, helping give rise to such developments as Minimalism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Color Field painting.

Featured Artworks

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Chagar Bazar by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaChagar Bazar, 2002 Aluminium and steel
193 x 157.5 x 76.2 cm
Templon
Can Hassan II by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaCan Hassan II, 1999 Cast painted aluminium and steel
220 x 240 x 106.5 cm
Templon
K.37 by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaK.37, 2006 Stainless steel tubing, nylon RPT and oil paint
48.3 x 25.4 x 38.1 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Plombiers-les-Bains, from Spa Sculptures by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaPlombiers-les-Bains, from Spa Sculptures, 1999 Cast and fabricated stainless steel
36.8 x 35.6 x 30.5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Hacilar Level lc by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaHacilar Level lc, 2001 Epoxy and spray paint on cast aluminium
142.2 x 142.2 x 33 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Giyan V (e) by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaGiyan V (e), 2002 Sand cast aluminium
231.1 x 142.2 x 50.8 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
K.109 by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaK.109, 2006 Stainless steel tubing, nylon RPT and spray paint
52.1 x 39.5 x 25.4 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Hotel Matisse by Frank Stella contemporary artwork Frank StellaHotel Matisse, 2017 Elasto plastic RPT
38.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bram Bogart, Frank Stella, Su Xiaobai, Vis-à-Vis at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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19 September–2 November 2018 Bram Bogart, Frank Stella, Su Xiaobai Vis-à-Vis Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella, Recent Work at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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14 September–26 October 2018 Frank Stella Recent Work Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella & Larry Bell, Frank Stella & Larry Bell at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen
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13 June–23 July 2017 Frank Stella & Larry Bell Frank Stella & Larry Bell Marianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen

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A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 Ocula Report A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 24 Jun 2016 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was both a conservative and global year for the 47th Art Basel, as Scott Reyburn reported for The New York Times. Volatile markets—and politics—explained the wealth of historical pieces featured amongst more contemporary installations in Gianni Jetzer’s Unlimited section, this year with a record number of 88 works in total...

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The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel Ocula Report The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel 12 Jun 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Kunsthalle BaselAnicka Yi7,070,430K of Digital Spit12 June to 16 August, 20157,070,430K of Digital Spit is about forgetting as an aesthetic operation. Framed as a “coda” to Yi’s “last few years of intense artistic production"—specifically, the last five years—this exhibition is as much...

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In Related Press

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The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Related Press The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Ted Loos : 17 February 2019

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...

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Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Related Press Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Hyperallergic : 20 October 2018

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20th century painting that changed the art world. A New Spirit in Painting was 'a manifesto,' the accompanying catalogue said; it showcased a set of contemporary, mostly European painters, whose work possessed qualities—figurative, narrative, emotional,...

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The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Related Press The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Hyperallergic : 12 May 2018

'A faint, beautiful memory' is how curator Norman Rosenthal described A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018, the current show at Almine Rech Gallery on the Upper East Side. What he’s remembering, as spelled out in the exhibition’s title, is the seminal survey, A New Spirit in Painting, which opened, barely, at the Royal Academy of Arts in...

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Frank Stella's Saving Abstraction at the National Gallery of Australia is exceptionally impressive printmaking Related Press Frank Stella's Saving Abstraction at the National Gallery of Australia is exceptionally impressive printmaking The Sydney Morning Herald : 6 January 2017

The artist Frank Stella (born 1936) and the master printer Ken Tyler (born 1931) have been making prints together since 1967, but after almost 40 years, there is no such thing as a 'typical' Stella print. There is an enormous diversity and experimental variety.Early in the collaborative process, Stella's prints appeared as a small tributary that...

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