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  • "The creation of the three-dimensional Moby Dick (domes) series 1992 was one of the most technically challenging printmaking projects that Kenneth Tyler and [Frank] Stella undertook in over thirty years of collaboration. To achieve their ambition of creating an edition of sculptural prints, Tyler and his team spent nearly six years perfecting a process that literally pushed printmaking into a new dimension.

    Frank finally decided in order to develop these paper sculptures into print editions that the dome in high relief would have to be convex and be anchored to a flat background without any attached elements like his models and sculptures had. This he considered necessary to define the shaped work as a print and not as a sculpture."
    —Kenneth Tyler at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan January 22, 2009

    Frank Stella touching up ‘Jonah Historically Regarded, from Moby Dick Domes,’ while Kenneth Tyler sits and observes. Artworks: © 2022 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    • Literature

      Richard Axsom 210

    • 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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Jonah Historically Regarded, from Moby Dick Domes (A. 210)

1992
Monumental hand-colored etching, aquatint, relief, engraving, screenprint and stencil, on TGL handmade paper, the full sheet.
S. 73 x 53 x 6 in. (185.4 x 134.6 x 15.2 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 4/21 in pencil (a color variant, there were also 6 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, framed.

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$10,000 - 15,000 

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New York Auction 25 June 2022