Frank Stella: A Retrospective

Get a glimpse into the mind of most important modern American living artist.

Frank Stella: A Retrospective opened on October 30, 2015 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The traveling exhibition will be on display at the museum until February 2016, after which it moves to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth the following summer, and then to the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Born in 1936, Frank Stella is a painter and printmaker, noted for his minimalist and post-painterly abstract works. Rejecting the expressionist movement of painting, he turned towards “flat” paintings of the picture-as-object. His series of “Black Paintings” started off this new aesthetic. He then experimented with mixed media including aluminum and copper paint, moving on to a wider palette of colors. In the ‘60s he started printmaking, even dabbling in costume and set designs for the stage.

The exhibition displays about 120 of his most prolific works, starting from the mid-1950s to the present day including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings created by Stella. Two works open the retrospective: Pratfall – a 1974 painting depicting illusory squares; and the 40-ft painting Das Erdbeben in Chili next to it. This massive work is from 1999, and is a chaotic amalgamation of shapes and motifs. Some of the artist’s most well-known works like Harran II (1967) and Chocorua IV (1996) are also on view.

The exhibition is jointly organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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