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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.

Lévy Gorvy and Marianne Boesky Gallery jointly represent Frank Stella worldwide. A career retrospective of Stella's work was presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art from October of 2015 through February of 2016. Most recently, Frank Stella: Abstract Narrative opened at the Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen, in Tuttlingen, Germany (October–November, 2018); the Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, NJ, mounted the exhibition Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking (May–September, 2018); and Sprüth Magers held the first solo exhibition of Stella's painting and sculpture in Los Angeles since 1995, with the exhibition Recent Work, (September–October, 2018).



Selected Works

  • Frank Stella's sculpture Corian Star II, 2017

    Frank Stella.
    Corian Star II,
    48 x 48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Frank Stella's painting Perfect Day for Banana Fish, 1958

    Frank Stella.
    Perfect Day for Banana Fish,
    Oil on canvas,
    76 1/4 x 102 3/4 inches (193.7 x 261 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Frank Stella's sculpture K.359, 2014

    Frank Stella.
    ABS RPT,
    27 1/2 x 40 x 24 inches (69.9 x 101.6 x 61 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Frank Stella's sculpture Stainless Split Star With Truss Segments, 2016

    Frank Stella.
    Stainless Split Star With Truss Segments,
    Stainless steel,
    88 x 67 x 84 inches (223.5 x 170.2 x 213.4 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Frank Stella's painting Requiem for Johnny Stompanato, 1958.

    Frank Stella.
    Requiem for Johnny Stompanato,
    Oil and enamel on canvas,
    79 x 91 inches (200.7 x 231.1 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Frank Stella's sculpture Table Piece 01, 2018

    Frank Stella.
    Table Piece 01,
    Elasto plastic,
    32 x 32 x 37 inches (81.3 x 81.3 x 94 cm).
    © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



NSU Art Museum Exhibition Walkthrough With Frank Stella

October 18, 2018


Museum Exhibitions

Frank Stella
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey

May 17 - October 11, 2020

Frank Stella
Tampa Museum of Art

Frank Stella: What You See

April 2 - August 2, 2020

Frank Stella
Tampa Museum of Art

Frank Stella: Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya

April 2 - August 2, 2020

Frank Stella
Wetterling Gallery


March 19 - May 2, 2020

Frank Stella
Daimler Conference Center Stuttgart, Untertürkheim

The Large Sculptures of the Daimler Art Collection

February 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020

Frank Stella
Národní galerie Praha

Salm Modern #1: Dimensions of Dialogue

December 2, 2018 - December 1, 2019

Frank Stella
The Bechtler Museum of Art

Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era

April 5 - December 1, 2019

Frank Stella
Huntsville Museum of Art

Looking at the Collection: Celebrating the 1960s

June 23 - September 29, 2019

Frank Stella

Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection

May 5 - September 15, 2019

Frank Stella
Whitney Museum of American Art

Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s

March 29 - August 31, 2019

Frank Stella
Tampa Museum of Art

Echoing Forms: American Abstraction from the Permanent Collection

April 11 - August 18, 2019

Frank Stella
Tampa Museum of Art

Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution Selections from the Haskell Collection

April 11 - August 11, 2019

Frank Stella
Tate Liverpool

Op Art in Focus

July 21, 2018 - July 5, 2019

Frank Stella
MOCA Jacksonville

Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking

October 6, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Frank Stella
Daimler Contemporary Berlin

Serielle Formationen. Frankfurt 1967

June 4 - November 5, 2017

Frank Stella
National Gallery of Australia

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection

November 19, 2016 - July 1, 2017

Selected Press

The New York Times | In Frank Stella’s Constellation of Stars, a Perpetual Evolution

February 4, 2021

“Frank Stella’s Stars, a Survey,” a quiet but cheering exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art …

Interview | How Lucky DeBellevue Came to Expose Some of History’s Greatest Artists

December 17, 2020

A new series of watercolors, pencil drawings, paintings, and prints by the New York artist Lucky DeBellevue …

The Ridgefield Press | Calendar: Art and history exhibits in Fairfield County

December 14, 2020

Listen to Ander Mikalson’s score for Frank Stella’s Stars pieces in the sculpture garden. Frank Stella’s …

Architectural Digest | Frank Stella Has Always Been a Star

October 7, 2020

On a recent day this fall, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, unveiled …

Ocula | Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights

June 19, 2020

Influenced by Josef Albers and his 'Homage to the Square' series, Stella transformed the humble square …

T: The New York Times Style Magazine | My Favorite Artwork | Frank Stella

March 18, 2020

The artist cites a painterly 19th-century landscape and a geometric 20th-century mural as influences …

T: The New York Times Style Magazine | The Constellation of Frank Stella

March 18, 2020

STARS — THE KIND that appear in the cosmos — have coordinates, not addresses, and the same is true …

Hyperallergic | The Little-Known Story of a Frank Stella Work Once Mistaken for a Lunch Table

February 14, 2020

In 1972, Stella donated “Isfahan III” (1968) to the Museum of Solidarity in Chile. After a coup d’etat, …

Architectural Digest | Frank Stella Reconnects to His Hometown Roots With an Installation at the Boston Seaport

January 29, 2020

The American painter’s large-scale public work "Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I)" is his first in …

Artribune | Damascus Gate di Frank Stella diventa una grande installazione nel quartiere Seaport di Boston

November 15, 2019

Entra a far parte del quartiere di Seaport – il più grande progetto di sviluppo immobiliare di Boston …


November 15, 2019

FRANK STELLA: I just try to do the best job that I can to make Leo [Castelli] and you and all the people …

Hyperallergic | Introducing a Mural by Frank Stella in Boston Seaport

November 11, 2019

Boston Seaport welcomes its newest contemporary public art installation: a large-scale mural by Frank …

WWD | Artist Frank Stella Talks Boston Seaport Mural and Why ‘Working Is Worrying’

November 11, 2019

Artist Frank Stella has given shoppers and passers-by at Boston’s Seaport a reason to take a closer …

Boston Globe | Why Boston needs a major public art work by native son Frank Stella

November 6, 2019

The city mostly took a pass on abstract painting at its height so Stella went to New York and became …

Artnet News | Frank Stella, Whose Last Name Means Star, Is Unamused by the Fact That His Next Museum Show Is Dedicated to Stars in His Work

November 6, 2019

In 1965, Frank Stella was given his first museum show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, …

Boston Globe | Bright, beloved Frank Stella painting becomes public mural in Boston’s Seaport

October 28, 2019

In the late 1960s, Frank Stella began a series of what he called his “protractor paintings” — huge …

Forbes | A Great Frank Stella Artwork Comes Home To Boston As A Mural

October 28, 2019

“Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I) 1970” was one of the seminal paintings that made Frank Stella …

Cans Magazine | 香港厲為閣Lévy Gorvy 以簡入繁的美國極簡主義大師

July 1, 2019

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

Art China | 弗兰克·斯特拉大中华区首次个展即将亮相厉为阁

May 22, 2019

香港厉为阁(Lévy Gorvy)画廊将于2019年5月24日至7月27日隆重呈献展览——“美国极简主义大师弗兰克·斯特拉:波兰村庄”,展出美国艺术家弗兰克·斯特拉(Frank …

Artron | 美国大师弗兰克‧斯特拉大中华区首次个展将启幕

May 16, 2019

香港——厉为阁(Lévy Gorvy)将隆重呈献展览——“美国大师弗兰克·斯特拉:波兰村庄”,展出美国艺术家弗兰克‧斯特拉(Frank …

Sina | 美国极简主义大师弗兰克·斯特拉将到香港首展

May 16, 2019

“波兰村庄”系列作品的灵感源自17至19世纪波兰东部地区的木制犹太教堂,这些建筑物于第二次世界大战时遭纳粹德军摧毁。在这一系列作品中,斯特拉首次直接将雕塑性的浮雕元素加入平面画作中,标志着其创作演变过程的关键时刻。展览将于5月24日在中环历史悠久的圣佐治大厦地铺的厉为阁全新空间开幕。 | 厉为阁隆重呈献弗兰克·斯特拉大中华区首次个展

May 16, 2019

香港——厉为阁(Lévy Gorvy)将隆重呈献展览——“美国极简主义大师弗兰克·斯特拉:波兰村庄”,展出美国艺术家弗兰克·斯特拉(Frank …

The New York Times | The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings

February 17, 2019

At 82, the artist Frank Stella has done it all and isn’t terribly concerned what anyone thinks.

Artron | Frank Stella:艺术至少为终极自由提供了一种错觉

December 22, 2017

2017年11月,战后抽象艺术代表人物弗兰克·斯特拉(Frank Stella)的新展“试验与变化”在美国佛州NSU艺术博物馆开幕。横跨其职业生涯60年的近300件绘画和雕塑,“其中有很多作品此前没有展过此后也不会再展,因为它们是我自己的收藏——不好意思,它们是我太太的收藏。”艺术家告诉我。

Artnews | Frank Stella Takes to the Sky

December 5, 2017

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has adopted the novel strategy of taking to the sky, with an airplane …

The New York Times | Frank Stella’s Favorite Cities for Art

November 1, 2017

The American artist Frank Stella, 81, best known for his Minimalist and abstract styles, will tell you …

Artnet | See the Best of Frieze New York 2017 in Photos

May 4, 2017

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

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 the Sixties.” …

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 …

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 changes …

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 see …

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 …

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 painters. …

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 …

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 Art...

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 works, …

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 …

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, works …

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 his …

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.” More …

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 artist …

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 exhibition …

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 all …

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 conversation, …

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 moment …

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 including …

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 stressed. …

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 one …

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 have …

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 to …

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 in …

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 Arts …

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 work …

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 café …

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 conceived …

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 to …

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