Frank Stella - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Knoedler & Company, New York
    Sale: Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Contemporary Art Part II, May 18, 2007, lot 196
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Jam on Jerrison's Rock

shoe polish on cast steel
19 x 22 x 9 in. (48.3 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
Inscribed, numbered, and dated "F. Stella 85, 3/3" on mounting plate. This work is number three from an edition of three.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York