Frank Stella

Frank Stella

Frank Stella first emerged on the scene in the late 1950s, when his Minimalist “Black Paintings” heralded a new era in postwar art. In the years since then, he has worked consistently in series, pioneering new approaches to form, color, narrative, and abstraction with innovative paintings, prints, sculptures, and architectural installations. A prolific and persistently inventive figure, Stella transforms his practice series after series, making unparalleled contributions to the development of art. With a career extended across more than half a century, Stella both holds an important place in the history of American art and maintains contemporary relevance as his work continues to influence younger generations of artists.

Born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1936, and based in New York City, Frank Stella has produced an extraordinary body of work over the past six decades. He studied painting at Phillips Academy, Andover and Princeton University, graduating in 1958 with a degree in History. Since his first solo gallery exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1960, Stella has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and abroad. Early in his career, his work was included in a number of significant exhibitions that defined the sphere of postwar art, including Sixteen Americans (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959), Geometric Abstraction (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1962), The Shaped Canvas (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1964-65), Systemic Painting (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1966), Documenta 4 (1968), and Structure of Color (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1971).

In 1970, at the age of 34, Frank Stella became the youngest artist ever to receive a full-scale retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He received a second retrospective at the same institution in 1987 — an unprecedented occurrence in the museum’s history.

The author of many essays and articles exploring painting and abstraction, Stella delivered a lecture series as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University in 1983. He has received honorary degrees from Princeton University, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Stella has also been the recipient of a great many honors and awards internationally. In 2000, he became the only American artist to be given a solo show at London’s Royal Academy.

In 2014, it was announced that Dominique Lévy and Marianne Bosky Gallery jointly represent Frank Stella worldwide. The Whitney Museum of American Art presented a career retrospective of Stella's work from October 30, 2015 to February 7, 2016.

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Selected Works

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  • K.454
    2010
    Titanium
    15 x 15 x 13 inches (38.1 x 38.1 x 33 cm)

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  • K.43 lattice with nickel coating
    2008
    Protogen RPT
    80 x 88 x 34 inches (203.2 x 223.5 x 86.4 cm)

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  • Boedjoeh (model) with K.140
    2008
    Carbon fiber, stainless steel tubing
    47 x 32 x 19 inches (119.4 x 81.3 x 48.3 cm)

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  • Pepatih
    2006
    Stainless steel tubing, carbon fiber
    72 x 57 x 39 inches (182.9 x 144.8 x 99.1 cm)

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  • Black Study I
    1968
    Collage, drawing, paint, and printing on paper
    19 5/8 x 39 3/8 inches (50 x 100 cm)

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Selected Press

Artnet | See the 10 Most Impressive Works at Art Basel Hong Kong

March 21, 2017

These are the pieces everyone will be talking about. The fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong started …

T The New York Times Style Magazine | Returning, Again, to American Drawing in the 1960s

January 27, 2016

An installation view of “Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of …

Monthly Art | Minimal Daring with a living legend

December 1, 2015

Frank Stella first emerged on the scene in the late 1950s, when his Minimalist “Black Paintings” …

WNYC | Hanging with Frank Stella

October 30, 2015

Frank Stella, who is 79, got up on a podium to make some brief comments at his Whitney Museum opening …

TimeOut New York | Frank Stella: A Retrospective

October 30, 2015

Any consideration of Frank Stella’s work should begin with his own description of it. “What you …

New York Magazine | Toward a Unified Theory of Frank Stella

October 30, 2015

Let the museum begin. With its brand-new fifth-floor-filling Frank Stella retrospective, the recently …

Artnet | Is Frank Stella’s Market Finally Poised for a Surge?

October 30, 2015

It has been nearly 30 years since artist Frank Stella has been graced with a major US show. That …

The New York Times | Tracking Frank Stella's Restless Migrations (From Painting and Beyond)

October 29, 2015

An installation view of “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” at the Whitney Museum of American …

Wallpaper | Interstellar: Whitney museum toasts Frank Stella with a retrospective

October 29, 2015

Easily one of the most highly anticipated art exhibitions of the season, the Whitney Museum of American …

Art in America | Sew Your Own Stella

October 29, 2015

Frank Stella’s, opening at the Whitney Museum this Friday, Oct. 30, showcases approximately 120 …

Time | Survey Shows How Frank Stella Knocked Abstraction Flat, Then Sent It Flying

October 29, 2015

It goes without saying that at the age of 79, Frank Stella is one of the greatest living American …

THE GUARDIAN | Frank Stella at the Whitney

October 29, 2015

You can wait your whole life for your paintings to win attention, and another life again before anyone …

Artspace | "It’s Not Exactly Fun": Frank Stella on the Angst and Agita of Having a Major Career Retrospective

October 28, 2015

Frank Stella started his career in the late 1950s as a maker of taut, Minimalist stripe paintings, …

The Wall Street Journal | The Wide, Wacky World of Frank Stella’s Titles

October 28, 2015

If you’re heading to the Frank Stella survey that opens on Friday at the Whitney Museum of American …

ARTnews | The Wrestler: Frank Stella Readies a Landmark Third New York Retrospective

October 27, 2015

On a sunny morning in early September, 79-year-old artist Frank Stella stood on the loading dock of …

W Magazine | Inter Stella

October 23, 2015

In 1964, a 20-something Frank Stella famously said of his art, “What you see is what you see.” …

Blouin Artinfo | Q&A: Frank Stella Gets Candid About His Long Career

October 4, 2015

In the 55 years since his debut at Leo Castelli Gallery, Frank Stella has led the conversation about …

Mousse Magazine | There is No Art Without Geometry

October 2, 2015

Internationally praised for his contributions to the development of minimalism, post-painterly abstraction …

Frank Stella | Portfolio

October 1, 2015

Frank Stella first emerged on the scene in the late 1950s, when his Minimalist “Black Paintings” …

New York Times | The Whitney Taps Frank Stella for an Inaugural Retrospective

September 7, 2015

Now that the Whitney Museum of American Art has left its longtime digs on Madison Avenue for an all-new, …

THE GUARDIAN | Frank Stella: 'If you get into art to make money, you're deluded'

September 1, 2015

It’s 8am and Frank Stella is pacing his messy home office in Greenwich Village. The New York artist …

Artnet | Frank Stella’s Gigantic Stars Land at the Royal Academy of Arts

February 19, 2015

The Royal Academy of Arts in London has unveiled a new large-scale artwork by the revered American …

Art and Photography | Castellani, Judd, Stella - Dominique Lévy

December 28, 2014

How did I miss this? This exhibition opened on 13 October and I have only just picked up on it. An …

The New York Times | 3 Artists Exploring 3 Dimensions

December 18, 2014

Art would be a little better off if some museum would organize a good-sized exhibition representing …

World Sculpture News | A Transformative Period

November 30, 2014

Dominique Lévy gallery is presenting a transatlantic exhibition that captures a fleeting but profound …

Blouin Artinfo | Frank Stella Forges Ahead, Land Artwork Spurs Legislation, and More

November 5, 2014

— Frank Stella Forges Ahead: With Frank Stella’s retrospective at the Whitney coming up in 2015, …

Wall Street Journal | Artist Frank Stella Continues to Provoke

November 4, 2014

Frank Stella has been around a long time: a working artist in New York since 1958 and a part of the …

The New York Times | At Galleries, Slices of Art History

October 23, 2014

Historical surveys are a popular mainstay among gallery owners. And now success appears to have multiple …

Glass Magazine | Local history – examining a pivotal intersection between three postwar artists

October 22, 2014

Dominique Lévy gallery is presenting Local History, a transatlantic exhibition that presents the …

Huffington Post | Beyond Frieze: Top 5 Satellite Events in London This Week

October 17, 2014

Frieze London opens this week (through Saturday, October 18), and includes a whirlwind of programs …

Blouin Artinfo | 18 Must-See Gallery Shows During Frieze Week in London

October 14, 2014

Branch out beyond Reagent’s Park and visit the best of what London’s galleries and institutions …

Art on a Postcard | Love from Mayfair

October 14, 2014

Frieze week begins. And everyone who has anything to do with the art world feels a little bit more …

Vogue | 5 Shows to See in London During Frieze Week (That Aren’t at Frieze)

October 14, 2014

Of the very few art fairs legitimately considered absolute-musts, Frieze London is perhaps the only …

Apollo Magazine | London Diary: 13 October

October 13, 2014

Every morning until the end of Frieze, we’ll be rounding up some of the latest exhibition openings …

LA Times | Abstract Frank Stella sculpture 'Adjoeman' joins Cedars-Sinai artworks

July 7, 2014

An enormous abstract sculpture, a sailboat of sorts, rests on a pedestal at the intersection of Beverly …

LA Times | Frank Stella's whirlwind Los Angeles visit rekindles memories

July 6, 2014

Los Angeles holds a special place for Frank Stella. As a young artist in the 60s and 70s, the longtime …

The New York Times | Whitney Edits a Tale of a Nation

May 1, 2014

A year away from opening, the new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art is still a construction …

New York Observer | Flying Solo

April 9, 2014

Last year, the contemporary art dealer Marianne Boesky visited the artist Frank Stella’s studio …

Art Media Agency | Frank Stella jointly represented by Marianne Boesky and Dominique Lévy

March 25, 2014

New York gallerists Marianne Boesky and Dominique Lévy have announced that they are to collaborate …

Copper | Frank Stella: Copper and Canvas Converge

July 1, 2012

A recent exhibition of the great American painter, printmaker and sculptor Frank Stella at the L&M …

on-verge | Review: Frank Stella at L&M Arts

June 15, 2012

Hindsight is 20/20, but only because it cannot look forward. It’s not true that Frank Stella’s …

Observer | The One That Got Away: ‘Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943– 1953’ at Gagosian and Frank Stella at L&M Arts

May 29, 2012

PABLO PICASSO WAS 61 when he met Françoise Gilot, a pretty 23-year-old art student, in a Parisian …

Hyperallergic | Cosmic Comic: Frank Stella’s Fine Disregard

May 26, 2012

The first thing I noticed about Frank Stella’s classic “pinstripe” paintings from the late 1950s-early …

New York Magazine | Review

May 14, 2012

WHERE MINIMALISM BEGAN In the late fifties, Frank Stella commenced making paintings that essentially …

Bloomberg | Million-Dollar Art Not for Sale by Stella, Twombly

May 9, 2012

The Twombly works are not for sale. Neither art the Frank Stella paintings in the museum-like show …

Art Observed | Frank Stella 'Black Aluminum Copper' at L&M Arts

April 30, 2012

15 of Frank Stella‘s important early works are on display in Black Aluminum Copper at L&M Arts …

The New York Times | Laying the Tracks Others Followed

April 26, 2012

The handsome show of Frank Stella’s early paintings at L&M Arts could not be better timed. Abstract …

TimeOut New York | Frank Stella, "Black, Aluminum, Copper Paintings"

April 4, 2012

This show travels back to Mad Men–era New York, when a young and brash Frank Stella—who’d yet …

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