Frank Stella, ‘Democratic Convention (Hand Signed)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Frank Stella, ‘Democratic Convention (Hand Signed)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Frank Stella, ‘Democratic Convention (Hand Signed)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery
Frank Stella, ‘Democratic Convention (Hand Signed)’, 1980, Alpha 137 Gallery

This beautiful hand signed offset lithograph poster was designed by Frank Stella for the DNC to raise funds for the Carter-Mondale 1980 re-election campaign. This is one of no more than 100 prints that Frank Stella signed, apart from the signed and numbered edition of 250. The 1980 Democratic National Convention was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The piece references Stella's "Polar Coordinates for Ronnie Peterson IV"(1980), part of a series of 8 pieces he dedicated to Ronnie Peterson, a Formula One Driver who was killed in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.Unframed and in fine condition. A stunning and uncommon piece of art historical (and political) ephemera.

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Signature: Boldly signed and dated in black marker

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