About The Artist
Amid the exploding 1960s art revolution, Frank Stella defied emergent categories and labels. A painter and printmaker nestled somewhere between Pop and Minimalism, Stella elected for rational, geometric lines over the boisterous commercial sensibility of Pop. The work he produced in the 1960s and ‘70s, though restrained, is not so austere as that of Stella’s strictly Minimalist peers, nor representational like that of his Pop contemporaries.
Stella attended Princeton University, where he majored in history as an undergraduate student. Having achieved some early recognition as a painter, he was taken into the fold of the Leo Castelli Gallery before he was twenty-five and had his first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1970, when he was just thirty-three years old.
To comment on the fastidious geometry of Stella’s work is not to claim its total austerity; his works luxuriate in explorations of endless combinations of colors and forms, often on unconventionally shaped canvases. In such a way, Stella rejects the notion of frugality for frugality’s sake; from his formal economy emerges a glut of dizzying lines and clashing colors that combine the rationality of an Albers with all the swinging opticality of a Bridget Riley painting.
Though primarily associated with two-dimensional art, in the 1980s Stella began producing sculptural works.
“Frank Stella.” Guggenheim. The Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation, n.d. Web.