Frank Stella - New Now New York Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York
    Hokin Gallery, Inc., Palm Beach
    William Pall Gallery, New York
    Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Vivian Horan Fine Art, Deconstructed Geometry, November 8, 2007 - January 17, 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The gradual change from planar surfaces to more volumetric surfaces is a topological problem, basically the exploration of more intricate or more complicated surfaces to be worked on, i.e. painted on. The expansion of surfaces available to abstraction is what has kept me going” - Frank Stella

  • 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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Property from an Important East Coast Collection


Steller's Albatross

signed, titled and dated "Steller's albatross F. Stella '77" on the reverse
glitter, acrylic and oilstick on Tycore
21 3/8 x 28 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (54.3 x 72.4 x 8.9 cm.)
Executed in 1977.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New Now

New York Auction 27 February 2019