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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; James Jacobs, New York

  • Literature

    M. Fried, "Shape as Forms: Frank Stella's New Paintings", Artforum, Vol. V, No. 3, November, 1966, p. 26 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Frank Stella’s paintings investigate the viability of shape as such. By shape as such I mean not merely the silhouette of the support (which I call literal shape), nor merely that of the outlines of elements in a given picture (which I will call depicted shape), but shape as a medium within which choices about both literal and depicted shaped are made, and made mutually responsive. And by the viability of shape, I mean its power to hold, to stump itself out, and in—as verisimilitude and narrative used to impress themselves—compelling convinction.” (M. Fried, taken from “Shape vs. Form: Frank Stella’s New Paintings”, T. Kellein, Art in Theory, 2002)

  • 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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Sunapee III

Florescent alkyd and epoxy paint on canvas.
127 5/8 x 119 2/3 in. (324.2 x 304 cm).

$350,000 - 450,000 

Sold for $374,400

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York