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  • Provenance

    Gallery Seomi, Seoul
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1993

  • 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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Wake Island Rail

signed, titled and dated "WAKE ISLAND RAIL F. Stella '77" on the reverse
acrylic, oilstick, glitter and silkscreen graph paper on linen
60 7/8 x 84 1/2 in. (154.9 x 214.6 cm.)
Executed in 1977.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $87,500

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale
New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017