Frank Stella

The Waves: The Whale as a Dish, 1989

Silkscreen, lighography, linoleum block, hand-colouring, marbling and collage
67.72 x 54.33 in ( 172 x 138 cm ), Unique
The Waves: The Great Heidelburgh Tun, 1989

Silkscreen, lighography, linoleum block, hand-colouring, marbling and collage
74.8 x 54.72 in ( 190 x 139 cm ), Unique
The Waves : The Hyena, 1989

Silkscreen, lighography, linoleum block, hand-colouring, marbling and collage
67.72 x 54.33 in ( 172,1 x 138,4 cm cm ), Unique
The Waves : The Pacific, 1988

Silkscreen, lighography, linoleum block, hand-colouring, marbling and collage
74.8 x 54.33 in ( 190,5 x 138,7 cm ), Unique
The Waves : The Quarter-Deck, 1989

Silkscreen, lighography, linoleum block, hand-colouring, marbling and collage
74.8 x 55.51 in ( 190,5 x 141,6 cm ), Unique

b. Malden, MA, USA, 12 May 1936. Lives and works in New York, USA

 

Frank Stella is considered the father of American minimal art. Strongly influenced by abstract expressionism at first, his color palette darkened  and returned to more simple forms when he arrived in New York in the 1950s and met Jasper Johns and Robert Rauchenberg. His first series, entitled Black Painting, was such a success that the young artist exhibited in the most prestigious gallery of the time: Leo Castelli. During this exhibition, the MoMA acquired some paintings for its collection. Frank Stella followed up this initial success with a sequence of series that were all strikingly innovative.


He has exhibited in the most important galleries and has had several retrospectives in the world’s leading museums. He is the only American artist who has had two retrospectives at the MoMA (1970, 1984) and one at the Withney Museum (2015), an exception for a living artist.



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