Frank Stella, ‘Double Gray Scramble’, 1973, Christie's


Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 54/100 (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and inkstamp on the reverse, with full margins, pale light- and time staining, otherwise in good condition, framed
Image: 23 ½ x 47 in. (597 x 1194 mm.)
Sheet: 28 ¾ x 50 ¾ in. (730 x 1289 mm.)

Axsom 93; Gemini 491

Dayton's Gallery 12, Minneapolis
Acquired from the above, 1974
By descent to the present owner

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