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Frank Stella

Private Listing , 1990

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About the artist

Frank Stella

Frank Stella, born in 1936, is an iconic American Postwar artist known for his revolutionary departure from Abstract Expressionism into the early beginnings of Minimalism. After studying history at Princeton University, Stella moved to New York City in 1958 and quickly burst onto the art scene when his groundbreaking “Black Paintings'' were included in a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art; these works are now rare finds at auction and sell for eight-figure sums. The most recent sale of his work Point of Pines brought in 28 million USD in 2019 at Christie’s New York. 

Having been steeped in the world of Abstract Expressionism, Stella was inspired by the work of Jasper Johns and wanted to create art focused solely on materiality rather than meaning or symbolism. Stella quickly became known for his radical uses of shape, color, and composition in both painting and printmaking. In 1970, he became the youngest artist ever to receive a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and continued his attempts to drain any external significance from his work. He has been famously quoted as saying “What you see is what you see,” a statement that has come to embody much of the Minimalist movement. Stella has continuously evolved his style, later incorporating a brighter and more vivid palette along with curves and loop shapes in his work. Stella’s works are held in permanent collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and Tate Modern in London, among others. 

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