Frank Stella, ‘Angriff’, 1971, Caviar20

Caviar20 is proud to be offering this exceptional example of Frank Stella's work.

Stella is one of our favorite artists of the 20th century.

His influence can be seen on countless artists including Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, and Agnes Martin to mention a few.

Stella's work references many of the key developments or movements in post-war American painting; geometric abstraction, Op Art, hard-edge abstraction and Minimalism.

Stella was one of the first accomplished artists to dismiss the idea of using paint in an expressive form in the creation of abstract art.

Furthermore there was no allusion to the material world or an emotional state. Stella's sharp paintings, were simply that - paintings.

He was prominently featured, if not the star of MoMA's seminal "Sixteen Americans" exhibition in 1960.

While the exhibition also featured works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Nevelson - Stella became an art world star at the age of 23 based on his all black hard-edge abstract paintings.

Stella ushered in a new generation of artists surpassing de Kooning (and his followers)

In 1970 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented a retrospective of Stella's work making him the youngest artist at the time to receive such a distinction.

Stella began working in printmaking in the mid-sixties and it would continue to be an important part of his practice.

Series: This work entitled "Angriff" was part of the "Conspiracy Portfolio"

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated 1971 by the artist

About Frank Stella

Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

American, b. 1936, Malden, Massachusetts, based in New York and Rock Tavern, New York