Frank Stella - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Schwartz Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1988

  • Literature

    Robert K. Wallace, Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes, Ann Arbor, 2000, no. 56, pp. 96-98

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The first thing we saw every time we went to the aquarium were the Beluga whales in the tank just as you came right in the door. They were just sort of looming over you, as it were. I just kept seeing them for about two years, and then one day the wave forms and the whales started to come together as an idea.”
    Frank Stella, 1989

  • 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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Enter Ahab; To Him, Stubb

mixed media on etched magnesium and aluminum
96 1/2 x 89 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (245.1 x 226.7 x 66.7 cm.)
Executed in 1988.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $399,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

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