Frank Stella - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Edward R. Downe, Jr.
    Evelyn Aimes Fine Art, Boca Raton
    Mr. and Mrs. S. Tapiin
    Phillips, New York, November 17, 2016, lot 176
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art at Work: Recent Art from Corporate Collections, March 9–April 11, 1978, no. 30, n.p. (illustrated)
    Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Drawings: The Pluralist Decade, October 4–June 26, 1981, pp. 68, 95 (illustrated, p. 68)

  • Artist Biography

    Frank Stella

    American • 1936 - N/A

    One of the most important living artists, Frank Stella is recognized as the most significant painter that transitioned from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism. He believes that the painting should be the central object of interest rather than represenative of some subject outside of the work. Stella experimented with relief and created sculptural pieces with prominent properties of collage included. Rejecting the normalities of Minimalism, the artist transformed his style in a way that inspired those who had lost hope for the practice. Stella lives in Malden, Massachusetts and is based in New York and Rock Tavern, New York.

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Wake Island Rail

signed, titled and dated “F. Stella ‘77 WAKE ISLAND RAIL” on the overlap; signed and dated “F. Stella ‘77” on the reverse
acrylic, paper collage, silkscreen and glitter on paper mounted to linen
60 1/8 x 84 1/4 in. (152.7 x 214 cm)
Executed in 1977.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $132,300

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022