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

    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 “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