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b. 1936, USA

Frank Stella Biography

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.

Frank Stella Featured Artworks

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Concentric Squares by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaConcentric Squares, 1977Acrylic on canvas
156.5 x 156.5 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
The Duel E by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaThe Duel E, 2001Acrylic on canvas
431 x 411.5 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
Chagar Bazar by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaChagar Bazar, 2002Aluminium and steel
193 x 157.5 x 76.2 cm
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K.37 by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaK.37, 2006Stainless steel tubing, nylon RPT and oil paint
48.3 x 25.4 x 38.1 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Hotel Matisse by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaHotel Matisse, 2017Elasto plastic RPT
38.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm
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kertala by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank Stellakertala, 2004Stainless steel with carbon fibre
127 x 115.6 x 103.5 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Dawidgrodek I by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaDawidgrodek I, 1971Felt and painted canvas mounted on shaped canvas
274 x 209.9 x 10.2 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire
Hailer Level Ic by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaHailer Level Ic, 2001Epoxy and spray paint on cast aluminium
56 x 56 x 13 inches
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Frank Stella 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 KongH 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 AngelesLos Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella, Frank Stella at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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8 July–3 September 2016 Frank Stella Sprüth Magers, BerlinBerlin

Frank Stella Represented By

Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy New York, London, Hong Kong, Zurich
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

Frank Stella In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights Ocula Insight Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights By Ocula Art Advisory, Basel

Lucia Laguna, Paisagem n. 122 (2020) at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel In Lucia Laguna's 'Paisagem' (Landscapes) series we see the blending of exterior and interior worlds, with Brazil's abundant vegetation on full display. Plants and flowers rendered in bright tones are set against a rough, grid-like structure that suggests architectural...

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A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 Ocula Report A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 By Stephanie Bailey, Basel

Walking through Art Basel 2016 felt like being ‘between; and ‘beneath’ a ‘resolved mass’, in which a kind of emerging globalism has taken firm root.

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The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel Ocula Report The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel By Stephanie Bailey, Basel

Ocula correspondent Stephanie Bailey reports on top exhibitions around the city during Art Week

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Frank Stella In Related Press

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The Colors of the Sixties Related Press The Colors of the Sixties 6 April 2019, Hyperallergic

The eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as David Breslin, the Director of the Collection, sees it, is 'a place for surprises.' The elegant spaces of the museum's top floor, catching the light off the river through its skylights and glass walls, have felt enchanted ever since it opened in 2015 with the Early Modernist 'Forms...

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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 17 February 2019, Ted Loos

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...

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

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20 th 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 12 May 2018, Hyperallergic

'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...

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