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  • Description

    At the start of the 1970s Frank Stella explored the same imagery within both prints and paintings with roughly equal measure. While making such luminous paintings as those within his Newfoundland series, Stella simultaneously expanded upon that same protractor motif in the 1971 print York Factory I. With a namesake deriving from a renowned ghost town in the Canadian province of Manitoba, this print is gossamer and ethereal. York Factory I’s misty pastels also powerfully evoked one of its artist’s very first screenprints, Pastel Stack, 1970, in which graceful forms in delicate hues existed within three separate planes of geometric imagery. In York Factory I such geometric shapes condensed into one linear progression, making this print a union of geometries as well as a union of Frank Stella’s equally inquisitive painting and printmaking practices.

  • Literature

    Gemini G.E.L. 303; Richard Axsom and Leah Kolb 63

  • Artist Biography

    Frank Stella

    American • 1936 - N/A

    Recognized as one of the most important postwar American artists, Frank Stella pioneered Minimalism with his monochrome “Black Paintings” of the late 1950s that marked a decisive departure from Abstract Expressionism. Concerned with the formal over representative elements of painting, Stella has developed a rich oeuvre reflecting his explorations on painting as an object through his investigations on color, shape, and composition. By the 1960s, Stella turned to bright colors and worked with shaped canvases that radically deemed form itself as content. After briefly experimenting with relief and collage, he ultimately turned to freestanding large-scale sculptures and architectural projects. Still working today in New York City, Stella remains the youngest artist to have had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970 and the first living artist to have had another the following decade in 1987.

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York Factory 1

Screenprint in colors, on Arjomari paper, with full margins.
I. 13 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (34.3 x 102.2 cm.)
S. 17 1/2 x 44 1/2 in. (44.5 x 113 cm.)

Executed in 1971. Signed, dated, and numbered 64/100 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their blindstamps), framed.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $6,875

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Phillips x Artsy: Summer School 2018

Online Auction 28 June - 11 July 2018