Frank Stella - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Phillips
  • 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

    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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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

New York Auction 15 November 2017